We’d like to think that in 2020, new mothers no longer have to deal with discrimination in the workplace. As seen in a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2017, and in many examples our firm has handled, that just isn’t the case.
At Klie Law Offices, we know that there is still a stereotype held by some people about new mothers. These people believe women will no longer be able to handle their responsibilities after giving birth. Or they think women will stop working completely.
Forms of discrimination new mothers face include wrongful termination, demotion, being passed over for promotion, failure to provide accommodations during pregnancy or refusal to grant maternity leave.
Steps you can take
If you are facing workplace discrimination after becoming pregnant or giving birth, you don’t have to tolerate it. Here are three steps you can take.
1. Notify your employer.
It’s important to let your employer know about the discrimination you have been experiencing. Discuss the severity of the issue with your employer and talk about how it has impacted you. Request a written report. Ask for an internal investigation to be conducted. Employers are required to respond to reports of discrimination and harassment in a prompt and professional manner.
2. Keep a diary.
This can serve as a written record of the discrimination you have been experiencing. Write down examples as soon as possible after they occur. Include the date and time. Describe the type of discrimination you experienced. Write down the names of the parties involved, as well as any witnesses. Along with the diary, keep any other evidence of discrimination. These may include pictures, notes and other items.
3. Contact the EEOC.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the agency responsible for compliance with discrimination and harassment law. If other steps have not resolved the problem you are facing, the next step you can take is to call the EEOC. They can get involved in your case and may contact your employer about your situation. Sometimes that is enough to get the attention of your employer and prompt action. If not, they can conduct an official investigation.
Contact an experienced lawyer
Next, contact an experienced workplace discrimination lawyer. Our firm handles cases throughout West Virginia and Ohio. We understand what you are going through and are determined to help you make things right.
Founded in 2005, our firm knows that discrimination cases can be complicated and that every situation is unique. We provide personal attention and guide you through the process every step of the way to help you get the best possible outcome.
That may involve negotiating directly with your employer to help put a stop to the discrimination. Or we may help you file a complaint with EEOC on your behalf. In some cases, the best solution is to file a lawsuit against the employer.
Learn more about how we can help during a free case evaluation with one of our experienced lawyers. We can review the details of your situation and go over your options.
Contact us to schedule a time that works best for you.