Friday, September 27, 2013

About Pregnancy Discrimination According to the EEOC

Discrimination on the basis of sex is prohibited under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. This form of workplace bias does not only include harassment towards the opposite or same sex and discrepancy in terms of pay and compensation for both sexes, but also include pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions.


As it is, pregnancy discrimination in employment involves treating a female applicant or employee unfavorably because of her pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition. Since it is considered sex discrimination, pregnant employees and applicants are protected under Title VII via the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), a law amending the said federal law.

Basically, the PDA does not allow covered employers with 15 or more employees to discriminate a female applicant or employee based on her pregnancy in any aspect of employment, from hiring, termination, pay and compensation, fringe benefits (e.g. leave, health insurance), to any term or condition of employment.

Having a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth could result to an employee not being able to continue her job. If this is so, her employer must treat her the same way as an employee with a temporary disability. Providing reasonable accommodations (e.g. lighter job duties, alternative job assignments) and pregnancy and maternity leave can be provided to the pregnant employee.

Also, harassing an employee or applicant because of her pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition is likewise not allowed under the PDA. It is considered illegal if the harassment is frequent and causes a hostile work environment that may result in an adverse employment action, such as termination, demotion, or deprivation of employment privileges.

Covered employers of the PDA that allow employees with temporary disabilities to take a leave must also do the same to employees with pregnancy- or childbirth-related disabilities. Incidentally, the Family and Leave Act (FMLA) allows new parents, including foster and adoptive parents, to be eligible for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave (unless the employee has earned it) in order for them to take care of their newborn.

Meanwhile, if you are an employee and you have been discriminated against, say, fired, by your employer because of your pregnancy, then it is best that you consult with a Los Angeles wrongful termination lawyer. It may also help if you file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Helpful Pointers for Working More Happily with Your Co-workers

Having a strong relationship with your co-workers really matters a lot, especially if you want a workplace to be as happy and productive as possible. Basically, California employment discrimination issues happen too often in most workplaces in the state, but if you and your co-workers get along together socially and professionally, then the likelihood of a major inconvenience won’t materialize.

Meanwhile, here are some helpful pointers on how you can promote a happy workplace:

•    Establishing strong friendships with your colleagues makes for a fun working environment. This is what many people believe, despite others who opt to avoid making friends at work just because they believe personal and professional life should not be intertwined. Having close relationships with your colleagues does not only promote happiness, but is also known to reduce anxiety, among other positive effects.

•    But then, if you are currently in a relationship with someone, stay away from any situations with one of your colleagues that might tempt you to do something bad.

•    If you are the introvert type of person who would rather work alone, it might be best for you to allot your time to getting to know other people in your workplace. Socializing with others gives you and your co-workers a boost, especially on the moods of both introverts like you and extroverts.

•    Always identify the problem. Whenever you have an issue with a colleague, especially if he or she gets under your skin, try to know why.

•    Try to talk to a few people in your workplace whom you have not known too well. That way, you will feel more socially comfortable. Also, doing so will facilitate work flow, and the more you often see someone, the more intelligent or attractive he or she that person will seem. That is what you call repeated exposure.

•    Be as casual as you can be, but do not forget to draw the line. Divulging too much personal information about yourself may turn off some of your colleagues whom you have already established a close relationship with.

As long as you maintain a strong friendship with your colleagues, not only will there be work flow and productivity. All problems that all of you may encounter at work can be sorted out right away. Plus, you will be avoiding any instances regarding major employment issues such as discrimination and harassment.