GIRARDI KEESE LAWYERS
Take Action Today 800-401-4530

If you were punished for getting pregnant, you are not alone

Policies and industries aside, many women feel they have to choose to have children or have a career. Between the time off for pregnancy and the struggle to find affordable childcare, it can be a difficult choice to make.

Unlike some other industries, dock work has been a male-dominated career for a long time. Many of the policies in place, including those regarding pregnancy, make it difficult for women to have both a career and a child.

Recently, two California dockworkers encountered issues with pregnancy discrimination. They filed a claim against their union to help change unfair policies for other women in the same position.

Seniority credit denied

One of the workers did not receive seniority credit while she was unable to work while pregnant. For dockworkers, gaining seniority credit allows them to have a more stable schedule and full union membership, so as a new parent, this was especially important.

There is was no argument that pregnancy is an acceptable reason to be out of work. The issue was with the unfair treatment of pregnant women as compared to their male counterparts. For men who are injured on the job or called into military service, they are still able to receive credit for hours they would have worked.

Made senior, but still not safe

Senior status is not something dockworkers attain and have for the duration of their employment. Dockworkers must continue to meet certain requirements to keep their senior status.

The other woman had already achieved senior status when she got pregnant. But, she also faced issues with the union. Pregnant and with a complicated medical history, she was desperate to maintain the benefits of being a senior. She continued to work while she was pregnant and suffered a miscarriage.

Unintended consequences

Both women and men who are injured on the job or have to leave for military service get seniority credit for the hours they would have worked. The union claims it allows workers pregnancy leave. However, that is not how it plays out. Women who believe they are victims of discrimination should learn about their legal options rather than face what the unions are dishing out.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

DISCLAIMER: Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result. Any testimonials and endorsements at this site do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter or potential legal matter.

Email GK Today!

Contact for a Free Case Evaluation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy