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What To Do If You Are Pregnant and Facing Discrimination at Work

What should you do if you are at work, you are pregnant, and you are being discriminated against?

The first thing that you should do, particularly if your employer has 15 or more employees, and so it’s covered by Federal Law, is tell human resources. If you don’t have human resources, tell your direct supervisor. Why would you do that? It gives you protection under Anti-Retaliation Laws. That makes it improper for a company to take action against an employee for reporting wrongdoing. But you can’t have that protection, unless you have actually reported it.

How should you do it? Report it in any way that you can. The ideal way to do it, is by an email or in writing so that you could prove receipt. What should you say? You can keep it simple. All you have to do is tell HR what happened and that you believe that it is the result of discrimination under Federal Law. You don’t even have to mention Federal Law, just that you believe that these discriminatory acts happened and they happened to you because you are pregnant. If you do that, it will put your yourself in a much stronger position, if you ever find yourself in the position of having to go to to court to vindicate your rights.

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