Employer Allegedly Failed to Provide Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Home Health Aide
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against Your Health Team, L.L.C., a home healthcare agency. The government alleges that the company violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.
According to the EEOC, a female home health aide was told to bring in a doctor's note after her employer learned of her pregnancy. The employee brought in the required doctor’s note, which said she could perform all of her job duties. The only restriction was that she should not lift or pull more than 25 pounds.
Minutes after the employee provided the doctor’s note, she was fired. The employer did not discuss whether the employee required any accommodations to do her job during her pregnancy.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act protects job applicants and employees from discrimination based on pregnancy in hiring, job assignments, promotions, and other terms and conditions of employment. The U.S. Supreme Court has emphasized that employers must provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant women and thereby avoid discriminating against working women.
Employers who fail to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers may be liable for lost back wages and benefits, lost future wages and benefits, and attorney’s fees. Under certain circumstances, the employer may also be ordered to pay punitive damages.
If you have been discriminated against in the workplace because of a pregnancy, then you should consult with an experienced employment lawyer immediately to understand and protect your rights. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (212) 601-2728.