If you are pregnant, you may feel excited about what is to come as you anticipate growing your family in the coming months. But as you continue to go to work, you may worry about your employer discriminating against you because of your pregnancy.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is illegal to discriminate against a worker because of childbirth, pregnancy or a medical condition related to pregnancy. The following are some common signs you could be the victim of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.
Jokes or comments about your job performance
If your employer makes rude jokes or comments about your ability to do your job while pregnant, this could be an indicator of pregnancy discrimination. Write down and document any time your employer makes one of these comments.
Denial of reasonable accommodations
Your employer should make reasonable accommodations for you to do your job while you are pregnant. For example, you may request the ability to sit more frequently or take longer restroom breaks. If your employer chooses to deny these accommodations, pregnancy discrimination could be an issue.
Reduction of your job duties
Your employer should allow you to continue with your normal job duties while you are pregnant. If your employer suddenly reduces your job duties without any warning, this could be an indicator of pregnancy discrimination within your workplace.
Enduring pregnancy discrimination at work can make it harder to complete your job and even result in mental and emotional consequences. Carefully document any instances of discriminatory behavior at your workplace while you are pregnant and take legal action to protect your interests during your pregnancy.