In most instances, working pregnant women will require reasonable accommodations so that they can continue to perform their jobs. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 as well as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1963 were enacted, in part, to prevent mistreatment of women in Florida and elsewhere. According to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, pregnancy discrimination claims have rise by 45 percent from 1997 through 2011. A recent case only adds to those numbers.
A woman who was the Director of the Internal Services for a county in another state alleges that she lost her job because she was pregnant. The plaintiff had requested to start working part-time because of her condition, but was apparently denied the accommodation. Only nine days after she told the county that she was pregnant, she was removed from her position.
The county denied any wrongdoing and contended that the reason for the plaintiff being fired had nothing to do with her being pregnant. It asserted that the claims brought against it were baseless. The case was litigated in federal court, and a jury of 12 people returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff, affirming that federal laws were violated.
The plaintiff was awarded more than $300,000 for her pregnancy discrimination claim. Plaintiff's counsel stated that, according to the law, a company cannot discrimination against a woman due to her pregnancy and must grant her reasonable accommodations. Florida women who feel that they were fired -- or otherwise discriminated against -- due to their pregnancy may choose to file civil claims against their employers. If a court rules in favor of the women, judgments awarded could include monetary damages for lost wages and other monetary relief. Reinstatement may also occur in appropriate circumstances.
Source: CBS Denver, "Montrose County Ordered To Pay $300,000 In Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit", July 21, 2015