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Pregnancy Leave of Absence

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While joyous, the time leading up to and following the birth of your child can also be stressful and often requires your full-time attention. Unlike some states that allow employees the option to take time off for birth or adoption, Indiana has no such laws in place. However, you may be protected by several federal employment acts, including the Family and Medical Leave Act as well as the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

If you feel that your or your spouse’s employment rights have been violated as it relates to your pregnancy, it’s vital to contact an experienced Indianapolis employment lawyer immediately. At Biesecker Dutkanych & Macer, LLC, our attorneys have more than 50 years of collective experience representing employees and their families. We can help you recover fair compensation for unlawful treatment by your employer.

Don’t remain idle if your rights have been violated. Take action by calling (317) 537-9920 today.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

If the Indiana company you work for employs 50 or more people, they are most likely bound by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Essentially, this act allows up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during a 12-month period. This leave is fully job-protected, meaning you are legally entitled to return to your same position after you return from leave. The federal government considers pregnancy to be a serious health condition, meaning it is covered under FMLA.

If your employer has refused FMLA leave, or demoted or terminated you as a result of the leave, you may be entitled to fair compensation. Contact our firm today for an evaluation, and our Indianapolis employment lawyers can help you better understand the strength of your case.

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Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)

Another federal act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, applies universally to all companies, no matter how many employees they have. This act states that if a company provides leave or benefits to employees with serious medical conditions such as a heart attack or cancer, then the same benefits must be extended to pregnant women as well. While an employer still may not be required to offer such leave, they cannot choose to exclude pregnant women.

Have You Been Unlawfully Discriminated Against?

If your employer is failing to provide mandated leave, or refuses to comply with the regulations set forth in the FMLA or PDA, you may be entitled to fair compensation for this mistreatment. Although Indiana lags behind other states in terms of protection for pregnant employees, there is still legal recourse for many employees.

At Biesecker Dutkanych & Macer, LLC, we have spent more than 50 years working on behalf of employees and their families. When you retain our firm, our Indianapolis employment lawyers will take the time to learn about you and the unique details of your case—information which we use to craft a personalized and maximally effective legal strategy.

Call (317) 537-9920 today to retain skilled legal counsel from our firm.

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