Chicago Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer
Work Discrimination Due to Pregnancy Attorney Serving Lake County, Illinois
While pregnancy should be a time of joy, facing discriminatory practices on the job can be stressful to both you and your baby. The Law Offices of Ross J. Peters, Ltd. is uniquely positioned to serve you in any pregnancy discrimination matter. What sets the firm apart from other Chicago employment law firms is an uncommon attention to detail that helps win cases. Attorney Ross J. Peters is a top-rated lawyer who finds important pieces that others miss.
Named as one of Illinois’ top ten plaintiffs’ employment lawyers by the Leading Lawyers Network, Attorney Ross J. Peters is a fierce advocate for those who are unlawfully discriminated against due to pregnancy, child birth or any other related medical condition.
Laws Protecting Pregnant Employees in Chicago
State and federal legislation is in place to prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment practices. If your civil rights have been violated, you have a limited amount of time to file a claim. Under the Illinois Human Rights Act, it in unlawful for an employer to “refuse to hire, to segregate, or to act with respect to recruitment, hiring, promotion, renewal of employment, selection for training or apprenticeship, discharge, discipline, tenure or terms, privileges or conditions of employment on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.”
Specific legislation that covers pregnancy discrimination includes:
- The Illinois Human Rights Act
- The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
- Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), Part 1604
- The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993(FMLA)
When the condition of pregnancy or childbirth causes an impairment and impacts job performance temporarily, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) also provides protection for pregnant employees. At times, pregnancy can trigger health issues such as gestational diabetes and reasonable accommodations may be required.
Accommodations for Pregnant Employees
Pregnancy must be viewed in the same manner as temporary disability and employees have rights to the same protections and provisions afforded by the ADA. Some accommodations may include, but are not limited to:
- Light duty or alternative work
- Disability leave
- Unpaid leave
Accommodations are considered reasonable when they are compliant with applicable laws and do not put the employer in a state of financial hardship or decreased operational efficiency.
A type of leave known as FMLA, is enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor and provides up to 12 weeks of leave for eligible biological, foster and adoptive parents to take care of the new child.
Creating Winning Strategies for Pregnant Employees in Chicago
Attorney Ross J. Peters stays current with pregnancy discrimination laws and precedents to provide a comprehensive approach to handling your case. He will meet with you and personally handle the details of your employment law matter. Because the extent of discrimination law is vast, it helps to have a knowledgeable employment law attorney who has a reputation for aggressive representation and unparalleled attention to detail.
Contact Attorney Ross J. Peters today to schedule an appointment concerning your discrimination matter. He faithfully serves clients throughout Lake County, Cook County, McHenry County, DuPage County, Will County, Boone County, and Winnebago County. Appointments can be made at a location near you. Please call 312-595-9595, 847-625-1854 or 888-531-7400 today.