Pregnancy Discrimination

Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney in Pasadena

Upholding Federal & State Rights against Employment Discrimination

Is your employer treating you differently due to a pregnancy? Under California’s Disability Leave and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee on protected characteristics, including on the basis of sex. Pregnancy discrimination is a form of sex discrimination.

Our pregnancy discrimination lawyer in Pasadena has extensive experience standing up for victims of illegal discrimination. At Mark Charles Law, we aggressively fight on behalf of our clients to secure the best possible outcome for their case. We have nearly 20 years of experience standing up for state and federal employment laws that protect pregnant women from unlawful employment discrimination.

Attorney Charles is an employment lawyer serving clients in Arcadia, Alhambra, and the San Gabriel Valley. Discuss your case with a legal representative by calling (626) 844-7710.

What Are My Rights as a Pregnant Employee?

Pregnant women must be treated as though they have a temporary disability and provided with reasonable accommodations, including the ability to take protected leave following the birth of their child. California employees must provide their employer with adequate notice of their intent to take maternity leave, usually considered to be 30 days prior to the leave. They must also make an effort to work with the employer regarding medical appointments and other pregnancy needs. Employers must afford their pregnant employees all rights required under the law.

Pregnant employees are afforded rights, including:

  • The right to remain employed throughout the pregnancy
  • Protected pregnancy leave following the birth of their child
  • Equal right to take disability leave
  • Against discrimination when placed in a job or role
  • Protection from religious concerns

Right to Pregnancy Disability Leave

There are California laws in place that prevent a woman from losing her job because she is pregnant. Under the Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL), an employee that is facing a pregnancy-related complication is eligible to take unpaid leave without fear of retaliation. By law, an employer must abide by PDL and cannot take action against an employee because they are pregnant. This law allows for up to four months of unpaid disability leave because of pregnancy or an associated condition and taken in accordance with post-birth care under the California Family Rights Act.


Call (626) 844-7710 today to learn more about our services and speak with our team during a free complimentary consultation.


Put Over 20 Years of Experience to Work for You

What to Expect With Us
  • Winning Strategies that Yield Results
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  • A real fighter

    “Was in need of legal representation regarding an an employment issue and was referred to Mark Charles - let me tell ya, he did not disappoint. Mark and his staff were very attentive and responsive to ...”

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  • Mark Charles is a fearless advocate who has the skill, knowledge, and experience necessary to obtain the best possible outcome for his clients. He pours his heart and soul into his work, and the results show it. Mr. Charles tirelessly works up his cases,

    “Mark Charles is a fearless advocate who has the skill, knowledge, and experience necessary to obtain the best possible outcome for his clients. He pours his heart and soul into his work, and the ...”

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  • Takes the time to listen.

    “Mark is always there with great direction and advise. His knowledge and experience has proven invaluable.”

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  • Mark while equally being humble and totally trustworthy, is a champion for those of us who would fall victim of the piranha’s who have deep pockets to frustrate us ordinary people.

    “Mark while equally being humble and totally trustworthy, is a champion for those of us who would fall victim of the piranha’s who have deep pockets to frustrate us ordinary people. ”

    - Francine
  • Knowledgeable and Professional

    “Unfortunately I was placed in a difficult situation with an employer and Mark was there to help. He immediately immersed himself in our case and displayed a deep understanding of the law pertaining to ...”

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Results that Speak for Themselves

  • $176 Thousand Wrongful Termination and Unpaid Wages Bigham v. SE Clemons, Inc.
  • $250 Thousand Race Harassment Settlement
  • $125 Thousand Sexual Harassment Settlement
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