Sex and Pregnancy Discrimination
Do you believe your employer terminated you or treated you unfairly on account of your sex, pregnancy, or status as a victim of domestic violence under an order of protection?
Call today for a free consultation -- the Law Office of Jeffrey J. Kmoch may be able to help.
Women deserve equal treatment in the workplace. Employers cannot use a worker's sex, pregnancy, or recent childbirth to deny them equal employment opportunities.
Federal civil rights laws, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Pay Act, along with the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) contain prohibitions on employment discrimination on the basis of sex and pregnancy, including childbirth and related conditions. The IHRA also extends protections from employment discrimination on the basis of an employee’s status as a victim of domestic violence protected under an order of protection issued pursuant to the Illinois Domestic Violence Act.
In broad terms, employers cannot use your sex, pregnancy, or status as a victim of domestic violence as grounds for adverse employment actions such as termination, harassment, creating a hostile work environment, failure to hire, failure to promote, or compensation discrimination. These statutes also prohibit retaliation against an individual for opposing discriminatory employment practices or for filing a discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or litigation under the statutes.
Pregnant employees or those who recently experienced childbirth or pregnancy-related medical conditions should also be aware of laws governing workplace accommodations and protected medical leaves of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act.
Attorney Jeffrey Kmoch has extensive experience litigating and counseling on matters involving sex and pregnancy discrimination. If you believe you have been terminated or mistreated by your employer on the basis of your sex, pregnancy, or status as a victim of domestic violence under an order of protection, call today for a free consultation.
Statutes of limitations and deadlines to file administrative agency charges apply to employment discrimination claims, so time may be of the essence.