When you might need an Experienced Maternity Leave Attorney Henderson
When a woman is pregnant, it should be one of the most exhilarating experiences of her life. However, it can sometimes lead to a very unexpected turn of events. In numerous cases, pregnant women find themselves being denied a leave of absence, and may even be fired due to their pregnancy. If this has happened to you, it’s imperative to hire an experienced maternity leave attorney as soon as possible, which will ensure your legal rights are protected along the way.
In many cases where clients have been fired due to being pregnant, we choose to pursue a wrongful termination lawsuit against the employer. While the employer may claim the pregnant woman was fired due to failing to meet performance goals, missing too many days of work, or possessing a bad attitude toward co-workers or customers, we often find this is simply not the case. In many situations, an experienced maternity leave attorney will examine the employer’s history with other pregnant employees, only to discover many similar instances that have occurred. If you believe you were the victim of wrongful termination due to being pregnant, it’s important to note there is a statute of limitations for these cases, so don’t hesitate to seek legal advice as soon as possible.
Along with wrongful termination, we also pursue charges of discrimination in these cases. For example, if a client was up for a promotion but is suddenly fired after becoming pregnant and watches the promotion go to another employee, we believe this constitutes discrimination on the part of the employer. While employees by themselves are often unsuccessful with these allegations, an experienced maternity leave attorney can conduct a thorough investigation of the situation, delving into the employer’s prior history. In doing so, similar incidents are often discovered.
Maternity Leave is Your Legal Right
According to Federal law, a woman is allowed to take up to 12 work weeks with employer-paid health benefits to have her baby and provide care after the birth. And perhaps most importantly, the employer is required by law to keep your job open until you return from maternity leave. However, also remember that if you are unable to return to work after this 12-week period, your employer may have the right then to terminate you. Therefore, always work with an experienced maternity leave attorney in these matters.
To be eligible for the Family Medical Leave Act, you must meet certain requirements, which include:
–Being employed for at least 12 months on date when leave is to begin
–Physically worked a minimum of 1,250 hours in the previous 12 months
–Worked for employer that employs a minimum of 50 people
If you meet these requirements, your employer has no legal right to terminate you due to pregnancy.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have been a victim of wrongful termination and/or discrimination due to being pregnant, let an experienced maternity leave attorney help protect your legal rights regarding your employment. Rather than sit back and worry about what the future holds, we can put our expertise to work for you, ensuring your employer is made to follow the Federal law regarding this matter. By letting us work for you, we will aggressively fight to make sure you have the opportunity to have both a career and family. Contact our office online or call 702-259-7777 today to schedule an initial consultation.