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St. Louis Missouri Labor & Employment Law Firm | Employment Discrimination Attorney | Pregnancy Discrimination
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Pregnancy Discrimination Claims

Pregnancy Discrimination Claims Under Missouri and Federal Laws

Missouri and federal law recognizes that pregnancy is a protected class under employment discrimination laws. If you are pregnant, and your employer treats you adversely in hiring, assigning job duties, or even termination, you may be entitled to lost wages and other unpaid benefits.

Proving The Pregnancy Discrimination Claim

In order to prove that your pregnancy was a contributing factor in an employer's decision to discriminate against you, you must show that:

  1. You belonged to a protected class (here, you were pregnant);
  2. You were capable of performing your job duties and you adequately performed your duties;
  3. You were discharged despite your qualifications and ability; and
  4. Your employer continued to seek applicants or other employees to fill the same position from which you were terminated.

Applying, Interviewing and Hiring

You are protected from discrimination in all stages of employment, including the application process through the termination process. If you have been passed over for a position because of your pregnancy you may be entitled to certain damages. You will have to prove that you were capable of the position for which you were not hired and that the reason you were not hired was your pregnancy.

Family Medical Leave and Your Pregnancy

Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) you are protected against adverse actions taken by your employer for exercising your rights under the law. The FMLA may protect your employment position while you take time off to care for your newborn. Many employers may have policies regarding the type and amount of medical leave you may take, but if your employer has more than fifty (50) employees your pregnancy leave is governed by the federal law.

Have You Been Discriminated Against Because Of Your Pregnancy?

Whether you are still pregnant or you were pregnant at the time your employer committed illegal discrimination, contact our Law Firm to schedule a consultation and to discuss your claim. Call us at (314) 645-4100, fill out our simple contact form, or write us an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it