Pregnancy discrimination law has become an ever-expanding area of practice for labor and employment attorneys across the U.S. Alarmingly, between 1992 and 2003, pregnancy discrimination claims increased by nearly 40%. This is mainly because many employers are unfamiliar with the myriad of anti-pregnancy discrimination and leave laws that protect women under many state and federal statutes. In other words, lack of knowledge has led to an increasing amount of litigation by women who are terminated or refused leave after informing their employer they are pregnant. Employers often have legitimate reasons to terminate a woman who happens to be pregnant, yet this does not prevent employees from falsely alleging discrimination.
Overall, there are several laws that relate to pregnancy discrimination and leave rights. These include the following: