Pregnancy is certainly seen as a blessing for many expectant parents in Washington, D.C. However, it is not unheard of for a woman to be discriminated against in the workplace due to the fact that she is pregnant or has recently given birth. The government of Washington, D.C., has recognized this issue. In fact, the Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014 has been enacted to ensure that pregnant workers' rights in the workplace are upheld.
Individuals in Washington, D.C., who believes they have been illegally discriminated against may not know how to proceed. Not only may these individuals be in a hostile work environment, but they may fear losing their jobs if they speak out against the workplace discrimination. It is a difficult situation to be in.
Despite laws aimed at preventing workplace discrimination, it is an unfortunate fact that such discrimination is still an issue in many workplaces in Washington, D.C. Recently, a previous post here discussed discrimination in the workplace based on national origin. Workplace discrimination based on national origin has been against the law since the passage of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After all, a person's birthplace, culture or the language he or she speaks should never factor into how that person is treated while on-the-job.
One of the wonderful things about the United States is the ability of a person from another country to be able to immigrate to the U.S. and eventually become an American citizen. Many immigrants and the generations thereafter who are born in the United States are hard workers. Unfortunately, some people in Washington, D.C., are discriminated against in the workplace due to their national origin. National origin discrimination can be based on a person's accent, looks or even simply because the worker was born in another country.
In a previous post we looked at the story of a worker in Washington, D.C. who was denied benefits based on her classification as an independent contractor. The question arose as to whether that worker was properly classified. In this post, we are going to examine what medical leave may be available to an employee in Washington, D.C.