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Pregnancy Discrimination in Rhode Island Should Not Go Unpunished

Serving Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Lincoln, Cumberland and all of Providence County

 Despite the existence of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (of 1993), many companies throughout Rhode Island still look to avoid providing women the rights provided to them.

Do you believe you’re the victim of pregnancy discrimination? Attorney Matthew J. Brier has represented countless women in their pregnancy discrimination claims, and has helped to make employers accountable for their actions.


What you need to know about the Family and Medial Leave Act

 Eligible employees are entitled to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, during any 12-month period, for reasons that include:

  • The birth or adoption of a child
  • To care for a family member (including oneself) suffering from a serious medical condition

To be considered an eligible employee, you must have worked for an employer for at least 12 months, with a minimum of 1,250 hours over the past year. Also, if your employer has more than 50 employees within a 75-mile radius, than you are likely covered by FMLA.


Protecting the rights of pregnant women

While FMLA does a good job of outlining the rights of a person upon the birth or adoption of a child, it doesn’t go into extensive detail about the rights of pregnant women, or women planning a pregnancy.

As a result, many pregnant women (or those planning a pregnancy) experience discrimination in the following manners:

  • Poor treatment by employers or coworkers
  • A change in job title, status, or duties as a result of an impending pregnancy
  • A policy implantation that discriminates against pregnant women

In each of these instances, the burden of proof lies on the shoulders of the plaintiff (the woman), to demonstrate that her employer, or a policy at work, adversely affects her based solely on her pregnancy.


Turn to an experienced pregnancy claims lawyer who’ll fight for you in RI

Taking on an employer can be a stressful and challenging time in anyone’s life. Matthew J. Brier, Attorney at Law, helps to streamline the process and relieve you of unneeded stresses. He’ll work with you to compile a case that proves, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you’ve been the victim of pregnancy discrimination.

Contact him today to learn more about how he’ll help you get your deserved compensation for pain and suffering you’ve faced at the hands of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.