State and federal laws prohibit employers from discriminating against pregnant women or discriminating on the basis of gender or sex (amongst other traits.)
But despite the strict laws against workplace discrimination, many cases do still occur each year. And in many cases, there can be wrongful discrimination allegations leveled against an employer, so competent legal representation is always prudent.
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., our Orlando discrimination attorneys have the experience and knowledge required to help workplace gender and pregnancy intolerance victims as they seek to get the compensation and justice that they rightfully deserve.
In addition, our employment lawyers also work with businesses that are wrongfully accused of discrimination against women, expecting mothers and others. We can help our clients to file the appropriate claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and, if the need arises, we can work to help you pursue litigation or defend against a workplace discrimination lawsuit.
If you require help with a pregnancy, sex or gender discrimination case, contact the experienced labor attorneys with the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. Our Orlando law firm is available to provide you with a confidential, no-cost consultation session. Call 407-422-2188.
A Look at Some of the Most Common Questions for Our Orlando Discrimination Lawyers
The Orlando lawyers with the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. receive lots of questions from employers and employees alike who are dealing with a sex, pregnancy or gender discrimination case. Our legal team has compiled information on a few of the most common inquiries that we address at our law firm.
What is the Florida Human Rights Act?
The Florida Human Rights Act prevents workplace discrimination on the grounds of marital status, gender or on the basis of pregnancy. The act was amended to specifically protect pregnant women and women of child-bearing age in 2015. There are also federal laws in place that prevent this type of discrimination.
According to the Florida Human Rights Act, employers cannot fire, dismiss or refuse to hire an individual on the basis of gender, sex or pregnancy. It’s also unlawful to discriminate in terms of their pay rate or benefits. In addition, employers are prohibited from denying time-off in cases where it would conflict with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
The Florida Human Rights Act impacts companies with 15 or more employees.
Is Florida Required to Offer Pregnancy Leave?
Florida laws currently do not require employers to offer paid pregnancy leave to employees, but women and men alike are covered by the FMLA in many regards.
Additionally, Florida employers are required to adhere to the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), which requires them to offer the same leave benefits and allowances that would be afforded to an employee with a temporary disability. The PDA covers companies with 15 or more employees, along with government agencies (state and federal).
What Happens if an Employer Denies Employment to a Woman of Child-Bearing Age?
State and federal laws prohibit an employer from denying employment to a woman on the basis that she is of child-bearing age (even if she is not currently pregnant.) This would fall under the umbrella of sex and gender discrimination.
Can a Pregnant Woman Be Covered by the Americans With Disabilities Act?
Some pregnancy-related conditions do qualify for protection under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). This includes gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.
Per the ADA, an employer must provide reasonable accommodations for these employees.
Are there Any Special Accommodations for Nursing Mothers?
Nursing mothers can qualify for protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Under this legislation, nursing mothers may have the right to take breaks to express breastmilk.
What is Pregnancy or Gender Harassment?
A situation may be considered workplace harassment if it involves remarks, gestures, touching, or written content that is discriminatory and/or harassing in nature, thereby creating a hostile work environment. A situation may also be considered harassment if an “adverse condition” is created, resulting in a situation where the victim suffers ill effects at work (i.e. being fired or reprimanded.)
Who Can Be Accused of Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace?
Pregnancy, sex and gender discrimination (or harassment) can involve a supervisor, business owner, co-worker, or even a client or customer.
What Can a Gender and Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer Do for Me?
Our experienced team of pregnancy and gender discrimination lawyers can represent you if you’ve been the victim of workplace discrimination or harassment at work. We also represent companies that have been wrongfully accused of harassment or discrimination.
In addition to filing a lawsuit, our attorneys can guide you through the process of filing a complaint with the appropriate government agency, depending upon the precise nature of the discrimination or harassment claim. In many cases, the other party will be ordered to compensate you for damages and also your legal fees.
Our Orlando Discrimination Attorneys Are Ready to Handle Your Case
Our Orlando gender, sex, and pregnancy discrimination lawyers have the experience required to help you get the compensation you deserve. Federal and Florida discrimination law offers many protections to employees who are suffering from unfairness at work. Our goal is to help you resolve the situation in a just, fair manner, while providing you with useful resources and legal advice that will help you find a resolution.
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., we believe in a “clients first” approach as we strive to simplify your legal dealings, while also reducing any stress that you may experience. We understand how stressful and distressing it can be to find yourself the victim of harassment and discrimination at work. Likewise, employers who are wrongfully accused of discrimination can also experience a great deal of distress. Our goal is to help reduce the stress that you experience as your attorney works to resolve the matter in a favorable manner.
We also handle other cases of employment discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination, wrongful termination or unpaid wage disputes. In addition to discriminating on the grounds of pregnancy or gender, our law firm has handled litigation on a range of employment discrimination cases, including those involving race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age and religion.
The law does place a limit on the amount of time you have to file a legal claim. So if you have been a victim of discrimination or illegal harassment at work, it’s essential that you contact our team as soon as possible to discuss your case.
Contact the Orlando lawyers with the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. to get a free, confidential case consultation. Call our Central Florida lawyers at 407-422-2188.