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Pregnant workers in Texas face workplace discrimination

Being pregnant may be good news to the woman who is expecting, but it sometimes is bad news in the minds of the woman's manager. However, no matter how much an employer fears losing a female employee for several weeks due to her having a baby in Texas, it is illegal for that company to terminate the employee in an effort to replace her with someone who is not pregnant. Unfortunately, some employers try to get around being accused of workplace discrimination by firing the woman for purportedly legitimate reasons instead, with her pregnancy really being the driving force behind the termination.

Employers who get rid of pregnant workers usually try to paint these employees as being poor performers or always late. Sometimes, they claim that the company is reorganizing and they thus had to get rid of the worker. However, in many of these cases, the pregnant worker was a better performer on the job than some of her colleagues, yet these other colleagues remained employed.

According to a recent study, pregnancy was the reason behind almost half of terminations related to gender. In many of these situations, the pregnant workers were let go because they were scrutinized more heavily than their counterparts were. Many of these women were absent more often or had completed more infractions in the workplace but had never before been punished.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act bars employers from removing an employee simply because she is carrying a baby; so if this happens, the worker has the right to seek justice. She can file a workplace discrimination claim against the company. Remedies from a successfully fought claim might include reinstatement in a job or monetary relief, depending on the nature of the situation in Texas.

Source: motherjones.com, Pregnant? Your Boss May Have It In For You, Molly Redden, March 3, 2014

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