Finding out you are pregnant can be an overwhelming experience for any woman. Immediately, you can feel a rush of emotions from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. These and countless other emotions will ebb and flow as your pregnancy progresses.
Back in September 2014, we began discussing a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by a former ticket sales executive with the New York Mets. The lawsuit stated specifically that the team's chief operating officer teased and humiliated the woman on multiple occasions because she wasn't married but was having a baby. This mistreatment, the lawsuit alleged, sometimes occurred in front of other male executives.
Discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace is an ongoing problem that often has to be addressed in a legal capacity to facilitate change for the better. In addition to achieving justice for themselves, pregnant women who speak up about discrimination also help protect other women who could face a similar situation.
U.S. employment law has many protections for employees in the workplace. These laws aim to protect an employee from unfair discrimination and unjust treatment, as well as provide some important job-related benefits in the event of a family or medical emergency. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is one of the laws that has significant importance to a great number of employees throughout New York and the United States. As legal definitions of family relationships continue to change, the reach of the FMLA may soon be extended.