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Oakland Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer

What Rights Do Pregnant Women Have in the Workplace?


Some employers believe that pregnant employees or employees who are seeking to become pregnant are a burden to their business. You have the right to be reasonably accommodated during your pregnancy. Employees who become pregnant must be accommodated because of their pregnancy just like a disabled employee.

This means that the employer must reasonably modify your job so that you can perform it despite any temporary limitations imposed by your pregnancy or create less strenuous or hazardous working conditions. A pregnant employee should, among other things, not be required to lift heavy weights or stand for prolonged periods of time, or be denied frequent bathroom breaks.

You have the right to be treated on equal terms with other employees who are not pregnant. Pregnancy discrimination is an unlawful specific form of sex and disability discrimination. You cannot be discriminated against because of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions in any aspect of your employment including hiring, promotion, working conditions, and firing.

Examples of illegal pregnancy discrimination

Employers cannot:

  • Refuse to hire or promote someone due to pregnancy
  • Demote or terminate an employee due to pregnancy
  • Deny pregnancy-related disability leave, retaliate against an employee who requests pregnancy leave
  • Fail to reinstate an employee due to pregnancy leave

You also have the right to paid and/or unpaid leave as well as reinstatement under state and federal laws.

California Family Rights Act (CFRA) provides leave for the following reasons:

  • Childbirth for purposes of bonding
  • Placement of a child in the employee’s family for adoption or foster care
  • Serious health condition of the employee’s child, parent, or spouse
  • Employee’s own serious health condition

CFRA leave is unpaid. However, an employee may use any accrued vacation, personal time off, or sick days during their leave to secure compensation. You may be required by the employer to use your accrued vacation, personal time off, or sick days when taking a leave for your own serious health condition.

During your CFRA leave, you are entitled to maintain any health care coverage that is being provided by your employer for 12 weeks during each 12-month period, starting when the leave begins. You are also entitled to participate in available employee benefit plans (disability, insurance, retirement, etc.) to the same extent as any other employee on disability leave.

You may be entitled to up to four months of pregnancy disability leave if you are disabled by your pregnancy, childbirth, or other related condition. However, if the employer provides more than four months of leave for other types of temporary disabilities, that same leave must be made available to women who are disabled due to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. After a pregnancy disability leave or transfer, employees are guaranteed a return to the same position and can request the guarantee in writing.

Don’t be discriminated against. Let us help you.

Venardi Zurada LLP is a law firm serving California. We are experienced and effective attorneys who work on a contingency basis meaning that you do not pay us until we recover money for you. We offer free consultations to evaluate whether or not you have a legal claim for pregnancy discrimination or harassment.


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If you are an employee who feels their rights have been violated, or you need help negotiating or reviewing your employee contract, please call to speak to one of our expert Oakland pregnancy discrimination lawyers at 925-937-3900 or submit our form.

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  • We have served Northern California for over 35 years.

  • Our attorneys have been honored with numerous accolades, including SuperLawyers, AV Rating, and Top 100 Trial Attorney Awards.

  • In our decades of legal service to the community, we have garnered a substantial reputation. We are respected by opposing counsel, feared by insurance companies, and followed by jurors.

  • We combine Big Firm experience with boutique office attention and care. Several of our attorneys have experience working for the biggest law firms in the country, including the most prominent maritime defense law firm. Our attorneys rely on that big-firm know-how but prefer the personal touch of a smaller firm, allowing us to provide individualized and attentive representation to each of our clients.

  • We’ve been through it, too. Attorney Mark Venardi had to personally deal with a medical malpractice injury he suffered at a time when he was working a blue-collar job on an offshore oil rig; he knows what it’s like to be a working man dealing with a personal injury. He built his way up to working for the biggest maritime defense firm in the country, before deciding to focus on helping people like himself who were hurt by negligence and mistreatment from others.

  • We like to fight for the underdog. Attorney Martin Zurada is an immigrant and the son of immigrants who tirelessly worked his way up through education and experience to attain the American dream. Even though he has served in large, high-level litigation law firms, he prefers helping clients directly, fighting against injustices, and securing victories for the little guy who has been wronged.

  • We win. We have secured multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. In our combined tenure, we have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients across our broad areas of practice.

  • We care first and foremost about our clients. We dedicate ourselves to serve each and every client personally, and we make ourselves available to our clients around the clock.

  • There is no cost to you until we win. If we don’t make a recovery for you, we will not collect a fee. And all initial consultations are free of charge.

Dedicated Areas of Practice

We offer a wide range of litigation services for Oakland personal injury and employment law clients. Specifically, our areas of dedicated practice span the following issues:

Employment Law. California employers must assure proper pay to employees and comply with a variety of rules and regulations to prevent discrimination and unfair treatment of employees. We represent victims of wage and hour violations, employment discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and any other form of California workplace mistreatment. If you believe you were treated inappropriately at work, we can help.

Personal Injury. If you’ve been injured due to another’s negligence, you deserve compensation. That’s where we come in. As Oakland personal injury attorneys, we right the wrongs done to our clients. And we do it at our cost during the entire duration of your case. There is never any fee until we win. Give us a call if you have been hurt in a car accident, by a toxic spill or contamination, as a result of medical malpractice, due to abuse or neglect, in a maritime accident, by a vicious animal attack, or any other incident caused by someone else’s negligence.

The Sooner You Speak to an Oakland Injury Lawyer, the Stronger Your Chances for Recovery Will Become.

Contact the Oakland injury lawyers at Venardi Zurada today, and let’s get started. We are available to talk any time, so whether you call, email or chat online, we’ll respond and set up an appointment to meet you. We have several Spanish speakers in the office and welcome the opportunity to cater our services to Oakland’s Spanish-speaking population. You pay no fee until we win for you, so you have nothing to lose by contacting our office for a free consultation. The sooner you call, the faster we can start getting results for you. Call 925-937-3900.

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