Many Florida residents know that, when a woman becomes pregnant, certain accommodations may need to be made in order to ensure her safety as well as the safety of the unborn baby. The changes may need to take place in the home or at the workplace. Unfortunately, not all employers may wish to make certain changes, and a worker could possibly be the victim of pregnancy discrimination.
A woman in another state is currently taking such a case to the Supreme Court after being placed on unpaid leave during her pregnancy. The woman was reportedly an employee for UPS when she became pregnant. She had intended to continue working, and a manager requested that she obtain a note from her doctor indicating any accommodations that may need to be made.
The note stated that the woman should not lift over 20 pounds during a certain period of time in her pregnancy. However, instead of being given light duty, she was placed on leave without pay, which resulted in complications with her insurance and other issues. UPS recently stated that light duty would be given to pregnant workers beginning after the first of the year, but they still have this current case with which to contend.
Many workers are protected from pregnancy discrimination under law, but there are instances in which such discrimination may still take place. As a result, Florida workers could face circumstances that prove detrimental to their situations, including loss of income. Therefore, employees who feel that they were not fairly accommodated during pregnancy may wish to conclude whether taking legal action could be a feasible course to follow.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Meet The Working Mother Taking Her Pregnancy Discrimination Case To The Supreme Court", Dave Jamieson, Oct. 31, 2014