State and Federal laws explicitly prohibit employers from harassing, demoting, terminating, or otherwise discriminating against employees for becoming pregnant, or for requesting or taking pregnancy leave. These laws apply to all employers that regularly employed five (5) or more full-time employees in the preceding twelve month period. Female employees who return from Pregnancy Disability leave are entitled to be returned to their same position, unless that position is no longer available due to a bona fide business necessity, in which case the returning employee is entitled to be returned to a comparable position.
Employees who are discriminated against or harassed based on pregnancy or childbirth may be entitled to recover damages for emotional distress, lost wages, punitive damages and attorney’s fees.
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