While joyous, the time leading up to and following the birth of your child can be stressful. Many issues can arise, requiring your full-time attention.
Unlike some states allowing employees to take time off for birth or adoption, Indiana has no laws for pregnancy disability leave. However, you may be protected by several federal laws. These employment laws include the Family and Medical Leave Act as well as the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
Do you feel you or your spouse’s employment rights have been violated as it relates to your pregnancy? It it is important to reach out to an experienced Indianapolis employment lawyer. At Biesecker Dutkanych & Macer, LLC, our pregnancy leave of absence attorneys have over 50 years of collective experience representing employees. We can help you recover fair compensation for unlawful treatment by your employer.
If your rights have been violated, do not remain idle. Take action by calling our Indianapolis law firm at (317) 537-9920 today.
Pregnancy and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
If your Indiana company employs at least 50 people, they are 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 to take care of qualifying medical matters. This leave is fully job-protected, meaning you are legally entitled to return to your same position after you return.
Pregnancy and birth are covered under the FMLA, as the federal government considers these to be a serious health conditions. FMLA leave also covers mothers in need of prenatal care or suffering incapacity related to a current pregnancy or complicated birth.
If your employer has refused FMLA leave, you may be entitled to fair compensation. You may also have a retaliation or wrongful termination case if your employer demoted or terminated you as a result of your leave. Our Indianapolis employment lawyers can help you better understand the strength of your case.
Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)
Another federal act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, applies universally to all companies, no matter how many employees they have. Under this act, if a company provides benefits to employees with serious medical conditions, these benefits must extend to pregnant women. While an employer still may not be required to offer such leave, they cannot choose to exclude pregnant women.
If your employer refuses to provide benefits available to those with serious medical conditions, you may have a pregnancy discrimination case.
Unlawfully Discriminated Against Due to Your Pregnancy?
Is your employer is failing to provide mandated leave, or refusing to comply with federal regulations? 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 pregnancy discrimination lawyers will take time to understand the unique details of your case. We will use this to craft a personalized and maximally effective legal strategy.
Let our pregnancy leave of absence lawyers help you today. Call (317) 537-9920 today to retain skilled legal counsel from our firm.
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