You might be one of many Florida residents who loves going to work every day. Perhaps, you’re one of the few who, since childhood, dreamed of working in particular field, then actually brought that dream to fruition. If so, you’d likely agree with those who say work is a blessing, and they’re grateful for their jobs. Even if you like your job, however, it’s highly unlikely that every single day will be perfect. Like all working environments, yours probably has its ups and downs.
If the downs are becoming more frequent, and you believe it has something to do with the fact that you recently shared the wonderful news of your pregnancy with your boss, you are definitely not alone, as many women across the nation have experienced unfair negative consequences related to pregnancy in the workplace.
How to know if you are actually being discriminated against
Let’s say someone in particular, perhaps your manager, hasn’t been very nice to you lately. Does that necessarily mean you are a victim of workplace discrimination? The answer is that it might not mean that, but then again, it might, especially if you believe the person in question is being unkind specifically because you are pregnant. The following list includes signs that certain negative actions in the workplace might be red flags that discrimination is taking place:
- If you were in line for a raise in pay but were suddenly passed over after you informed your boss of your pregnancy, you may want to look into the matter further.
- If your personal performance reviews have suddenly and unexpectedly turned sour (especially if you’re used to getting positive feedback), it may be a sign that something is not right.
- If there are upcoming trainings and educational events you know would help you progress in your field (and also that your boss would normally sign you up for) but your boss is now excluding you, saying there’s no reason for you to attend, you might have reason to suspect discrimination.
- If your boss calls you into the office, not long after you told him or her that you were expecting a baby, to tell you that he or she is eliminating your position or that the company no longer needs your services, you may have grounds for filing a pregnancy discrimination complaint.
Having a baby is typically a joyful and exciting time in a person’s life. It certainly should not be cause for you to lose your job. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discriminatory behavior in the workplace against people of certain characteristics or protected categories, of which pregnancy happens to be one. When a Florida worker believes an employer is victimizing her because of her pregnant status, she may want to be proactive in rectifying the situation.
One of the first logical steps to take is to discuss the matter with someone well-versed in employment and labor laws.