Dawicke Law
Jason E. Dawicke, Attorney at Law
Dawicke Law
P.O. Box 663
Lewis Center, OH 43035

Pregnancy Discrimination

Pregnant women are not entitled to more favorable treatment than other employees. They are, however, required to be treated like other temporarily disabled workers. For example, if an employer accommodates temporarily disabled workers by providing modified tasks, alternative assignments, disability leave, or leave without pay, it is required to offer the same to pregnant women.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and corresponding Ohio law prohibit employers from taking adverse employment action against pregnant women. In addition, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) amended Title VII to make it illegal for employers (1) to refuse to hire a woman because she is pregnant; (2) to fire a woman because she is pregnant; (3) to force a pregnant employee to take maternity leave if she is willing and able to work; or (4) to stop the accrual of seniority for an employee who has taken a leave of absence to give birth or have an abortion, unless seniority does not accumulate for other disabled employees during a leave of absence. Importantly, the PDA does not impose any duty on employers to grant maternity leave.

If you can demonstrate that your employer made decisions adversely affecting your employment based on your pregnancy rather than the merits of your work, you may have a pregnancy discrimination claim. If you feel that you have been subjected to some form of pregnancy discrimination, please complete the following form fields:

All fields are required
Full Name:
Phone Number:
Email Address (if none, enter N/A):
Preferred Method of Contact:
Employer at Issue:
Date you informed employer of pregnancy or approximate date when you began to show:
Form of adverse action suffered
(i.e. fired, laid off, demoted, etc.):
Date(s) of adverse action:
Please provide a brief description as to why you feel that you were discriminated against based on your pregnancy:
What reason(s) do you anticipate that your employer will offer as justification for taking the adverse action against you?
Submission of this form does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Upon review of your responses, I may offer to represent you. Unless and until you receive a signed letter from me confirming representation, I have not agreed to represent you. In addition, submission of this form does not relieve you from complying with all applicable statutory deadlines required for filing your claim(s) with the appropriate agency or court.