Today, we address some common concerns to help women better understand their labor rights in California during this stage. Additionally, you can find more information through the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC).

Can my employer terminate me because I am pregnant?

No. Every pregnant woman is generally covered by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) at the federal, local, or state level. Employers cannot terminate or discriminate against you in any other way based on your pregnancy.

What if I need time off from work for medical appointments? Can I be fired?

No, federal laws protect you. Under the PDA, if your employer provides other employees with time off for medical appointments related to injuries or disabilities, they must also grant you the same privilege for prenatal check-ups. If covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), you can take occasional leave for prenatal appointments or pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness.

Can I be terminated or discriminated against due to an abortion?

No, regardless of the reason for your decision. For instance, thanks to the PDA established in 1978, your employer cannot fire or discriminate against you in any other way if this information becomes known in your workplace. Additionally, some state or local laws may offer extra protection to workers who have had an abortion or are considering one, regardless of their motivations. It’s worth noting that, depending on the circumstances and the nature of the situation, you may have legal protections at work through FMLA if you need time off to recover.

Understanding the laws or seeking advice from specialists is crucial to reducing the risk of discrimination or wrongful termination. Therefore, if you have read this or other information and still have doubts, feel free to consult with a lawyer or legal firm to take appropriate action.


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