The Los Angeles employment law attorney at the Leichter Law Firm, APC, Aryeh Leichter, knows that under California law, employees are not required to report discrimination to their employers before pursuing legal action or filing a complaint with the appropriate state agency.

However, many employers have internal policies and procedures for reporting discrimination or harassment in the workplace. These policies typically encourage employees to report incidents of discrimination or harassment to their supervisors, human resources department, or other designated individuals within the organization.

The following are tips for addressing pregnancy discrimination in the California workplace and steps you can take to pursue a legal remedy if the discrimination is not appropriately addressed.

Strategies for Addressing Pregnancy Discrimination

Tips for Reporting Pregnancy Discrimination in California Workplaces

If you believe you are experiencing pregnancy discrimination in your California workplace, keep detailed records of any discrimination or adverse treatment related to your pregnancy. This includes written communications, emails, performance reviews, and other relevant documentation.


  • Schedule a Meeting

Request a private meeting with your employer or HR representative to discuss your concerns. Choose a time when you and your employer can have a focused conversation without interruptions. Be prepared to clearly articulate your concerns and explain how you believe you have been discriminated against.

  • Stay Calm and Professional

Approach the meeting calmly and professionally. Focus on facts and avoid becoming emotional, even if discussing sensitive issues. Communicate your expectations for fair treatment and emphasize your commitment to your job and the company.

  • Propose Solutions

Come to the meeting prepared with potential solutions or accommodations to help alleviate any concerns about your pregnancy. This could include flexible work arrangements, modified duties, or temporary adjustments to your schedule. Be open to negotiating and finding mutually acceptable solutions.

  • Request Written Policies

Ask your employer for written policies or guidelines related to pregnancy accommodation and discrimination prevention. This can help clarify your rights and ensure that both parties are on the same page.

  • Seek Support

If you feel uncomfortable addressing the issue alone, consider bringing a trusted colleague, union representative, or legal advocate to the meeting. Having someone else present can provide additional perspective and support your position.

  • Follow Up in Writing

After the meeting, send a follow-up email summarizing the key points discussed and any agreed-upon agreements or action items. This helps ensure a clear record of the conversation and any commitments between parties.

Your health, well-being, and legal rights are essential, and addressing workplace discrimination is crucial. The Leichter Law Firm can help.

Which Laws Protect Pregnant Women in California Workplaces?

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) is a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against a woman based on pregnancy, childbirth, or a pregnancy-related medical condition.

Besides PDA, the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) also requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees suffering from pregnancy-related health conditions.

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) also prohibits discrimination because of pregnancy or childbirth. However, unlike federal laws, the Act applies to all employers with five or more employees.

Employees who believe they have experienced workplace discrimination based on protected characteristics, including pregnancy, have the right to take action to address the discrimination, whether through internal reporting mechanisms, external agencies like the California Civil Rights Department, or legal channels.

Contact Our Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney Today

Contact Aryeh Leichter, the Leichter Law Firm, APC founder, and pregnancy discrimination attorney in Los Angeles County, today to discuss the legal remedies that may be available for your unique workplace circumstances, starting with a free consultation by calling (818)-915-6624 or contacting the firm online.

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