At The Law Office of Stephen Roger Bosin, Esq., we believe that everyone deserves fair and equal treatment in the workplace. In New Jersey, pregnancy discrimination is illegal under both federal and state laws, ensuring that pregnant individuals are protected from unfair treatment during their pregnancy and beyond. If you believe you have experienced pregnancy discrimination, here's what you need to know:
1. New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD): You can file a pregnancy discrimination claim under NJLAD. To build a strong case, consider the following:
- Confirmation of Pregnancy: It's essential to demonstrate that you were pregnant at the time of the alleged discrimination. This can often be proven through medical records or other forms of documentation.
- Qualifications for the Job: Establish that you were qualified for the job or position in question, meeting the necessary requirements and performing your duties adequately.
- Adverse Action: Show that your employer took adverse action against you due to your pregnancy. This may include termination, demotion, denial of promotion, reduced hours, or any negative employment action.
- Comparative Treatment: In some cases, you may need to demonstrate that other employees in similar situations, who were not pregnant, were treated more favorably by the employer.
- Timing and Evidence: Maintain records of relevant communications, emails, or documents supporting your claim. Consider whether the adverse action coincided with your pregnancy announcement or related events.
- Witness Testimony: If there were witnesses to the discriminatory actions or conversations, their testimony can be instrumental in proving your case.
- Consult an Attorney: Seek the guidance of an employment attorney specializing in discrimination cases. They can assist you in gathering evidence, evaluating the strength of your case, and navigating the legal process.
2. New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (NJDCR): The NJDCR enforces NJLAD. You can file a complaint with the NJDCR or choose to file a lawsuit against your employer in state court.
3. Federal Protections: It's important to note that federal laws, such as the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), also provide protections for pregnant employees.
At The Law Office of Stephen Roger Bosin, Esq., we are committed to fighting for your rights. If you believe you have been a victim of pregnancy discrimination, do not hesitate to contact us at 201-371-9934. Our experienced team is here to support you, ensuring you receive the fair treatment and justice you deserve. Your rights matter, and we're here to protect them.