Pregnancy can be an exciting time in your life as you look forward to adding another person to your family. While you may feel excited about your pregnancy, you may also worry about how your employer and coworkers will treat you at work.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is illegal for anyone to discriminate against you at work because of your pregnancy. However, pregnancy discrimination can still happen, and you should watch out for some of the common signs of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.
Comments about keeping up with your job
Although pregnancy may make doing your job more difficult, depending on the nature of your job, you may still be able to perform the majority of your job duties. If others comment or joke about your ability to keep up with your work, take note of these situations.
Resistance to the provision of reasonable accommodations
Your employer must provide reasonable accommodations during your pregnancy that help you continue to do your job. If your employer resists to making accommodations for you, this may be a sign of pregnancy discrimination.
Sudden reduction of job duties
If your employer suddenly reduces your job duties without warning, he or she may argue that making your life easier was the only motive. However, you should view this as a warning sign.
If you believe you are the victim of pregnancy discrimination at work, maintain a log of any comments or situations where discriminatory behavior occurred. This information can help you establish a case against your employer for unfair employment practices later on.