What can I do if I feel that I was fired due to my pregnancy?

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What can I do if I feel that I was fired due to my pregnancy?

My job has a 6-point system. My employer fired me even though I’ve provided doctors’ notes almost every time. The last few times was because I just found out that I’m pregnant. I feel that I was fired because of that reason. Can I take action because I’ve also was just informed that I was denied unemployment as well?

Asked on July 5, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Discrimination based on pregnancy is a form of illegal sex discrimination. It occurs when an employer treats an employee differently because of�her pregnancy or related conditions.

Accordingly, you can't fire a woman because she is pregnant.�However, the law doesn’t give pregnant women any special rights; it only prevents employers from treating pregnant employees differently than other employees. In other words, you can't be fired just because you are pregnant but being pregnant doesn't mean that you can' be fired. If your employer had other grounds (reasons) for you�terminating your employment,�then your discharge was legal.

Without knowing more of the details of your situation it's hard to advise further. At this point, you should consult with an employment law attorney to see if you have a case.


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