Pregnancy discrimination is a form of gender discrimination. Pregnancy discrimination is illegal in Michigan along with other forms of gender discrimination. Laws banning pregnancy discrimination help ensure that women will not be denied insurance benefits as well as protecting women's jobs. You are urged to discuss your particular concerns with an employment law attorney if you believe you have been discriminated against based on gender or because of your pregnancy.
Federal employment laws that protect women from gender and pregnancy discrimination include the following:
- The Mothers and Newborns Act, passed in 1996, requires that group health plans cover hospital stays of at least 48 hours for mother following childbirth.
- The Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA) — also referred to as the "Mastectomy Act," which ensures that women are covered for breast reconstruction after a medically necessary mastectomy.
If you are an employee — either male or female — and believe that you have been subjected to illegal gender discrimination on the job in Michigan, you are encouraged to contact the Detroit-area law offices of Schwartz Law Firm. Schedule a consultation to discuss your potential maternity leave or other FMLA ( Family and Medical Leave Act) claim against an employer or insurance company.
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If you are an employer, know that Schwartz Law Firm represents employers as well as employees in gender discrimination disputes. We are prepared to assist your company proactively by helping you to put in place policies and procedures designed to prevent illegal gender discrimination in the workplace — and reactively, by defending you against charges of gender or pregnancy discrimination.
Call us at 888-757-1681 or contact us online to learn how our Michigan employment law attorneys, based in Farmington Hills in Oakland County, can help.