PregnantWomanLuciana Borrego, a California woman, has sued her employer Raley’s, a grocery store, for pregnancy discrimination.

Borrego became pregnant in 2013. She told her managers at Raley’s grocery store and later showed them a doctor’s note saying she couldn’t lift more than 10 pounds. Her duties did require some lifting of weight heavier than that, but she also did other less physically demanding jobs for Raley’s.  Even so, she has alleged in the lawsuit papers that they told her that no accommodation could be made and that she would have to take an unpaid leave. This has led to her filing a class action suit in California Court against the grocery chain.

California law prohibits gender discrimination in the workplace, including on the basis of maternity status or pregnancy status. California laws for Fair Employment and Housing make it illegal for an employer to refuse to hire, employ, or select for a training program leading to employment, any person because of that person’s “race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, or sexual orientation.”

It is unlawful in California for any colleague, co-worker, manager, or supervisor to engage in pregnancy discrimination. Pregnancy discrimination can take many forms, but it often involves increased requirements, increased workload, increased obligations, duties, or responsibilities after notifying the company of the woman’s pregnancy status, or after returning from maternity leave. Companies can add on tasks requiring heavy lifting, a heavy travel schedule, or increased physical demands to pressure pregnant women or new mothers to quit their jobs. Pregnancy discrimination in these and other forms is illegal.

AXIS Legal Counsel is an employment law firm representing clients  in numerous kinds of lawsuits and disputes involving some of the nation’s largest employers. Whether it is pregnancy discrimination, harassment, discrimination, medical/disability discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, wage/hour, workplace bullying, or other claims, AXIS Legal Counsel is experienced in the field of employment and labor law and focused on providing high-quality legal service.  AXIS’s managing attorney, Rabeh M. A. Soofi, is recognized as one of the “Top Women Lawyers in Southern California” by SuperLawyers Rising Stars, and is a Los Angeles Employment Attorney with experience representing numerous employees with a wide variety of employment claims.

For information on retaining AXIS Legal Counsel for any employment matter, contact or call (213) 403-0130 for a confidential consultation, or visit our Employee’ Rights Practice Area, or Individual Rights Portal. AXIS is a Los Angeles, California employment law firm serving employees all over Los Angeles and California.

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