Texas mothers may have noticed a more open policy in society regarding pregnant women in the workplace. More employers are offering longer leaves related to pregnancy and childbirth. They are also offering lactation rooms for nursing mothers. However, pregnancy can still adversely affect some female workers.
Texas readers may be well aware of the fact that women are frequently penalized in the workplace for becoming mothers. On the other hand, studies show that men with families are seen as favorable hires by those who make hiring decisions. For some, men with a family are viewed as reliable, according to researchers. However, this same body of research indicates that men may be penalized if they take paternity leave or time off to spend time with their families.
Employees and employers in Texas may be interested in a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decision that stated that an employee has the right to take leave without invoking the Family and Medical Leave Act, regardless of whether the reason for requesting leave falls under the act's protections. The ruling was in favor of Foster Poultry Farms, which was facing allegations of violating the FMLA by a former employee.
A recent survey by the National Partnership for Women & Families revealed that most women continue to work while they are pregnant. An astonishing number of employers do not accommodate their needs before or after giving birth. While the Family and Medical Leave Act requires employers to provide time off to employees who have health issues and are pregnant, the letter of the law is not always followed.
Officials in Swisher County are embroiled in a lawsuit brought by a former employee who says she was fired in retaliation for a series of events that resulted in criminal charges against her employer. The woman claims she faced discrimination for taking family leave to cope with job-related stress and a child's illness.
Having a child is supposed to be a joyous event, but if a soon-to-be mother is being discriminated against on the basis of her pregnancy, it may be more terrifying than it is happy. There are many different forms of pregnancy discrimination, all of which can stress a woman who is soon expected to provide for another person.
When the Supreme Court overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, it opened the door for partners in same-sex marriages to access benefits previously unavailable to them. For same-sex couples in San Antonio, that decision is finally bearing fruit. The Office of Personnel Management recently issued a memo detailing how the decision affects benefits available to same-sex partners of federal employees under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
A Texas woman is suing her former employer for terminating her employment while on maternity leave. In addition to her wrongful termination claim, the woman states that, while still at work, she was treated differently from other employees for training and development opportunities because of her pregnancy.
As we have reported many times in the past, the Family and Medical Leave Act protects employees who need to take unpaid time off from work for medical reasons or to care for a family member. Although this law has been in place for more than 20 years, it does not stop some employers from retaliating against an employee for exercising their FMLA rights. At least that is the claim of an assembly worker who claims she was wrongfully terminated from her job at Peterbilt simply for taking time off for maternity leave.