Many workers in California also plan to have a family life. California and federal laws allow women to take maternity leave. Laws also protect women from workplace discrimination based upon pregnancy. Federal law made pregnancy discrimination unlawful beginning in the late 1970s. Researchers say that pregnancy discrimination is alive and well in the American workplace. But a recent study suggests that this kind of discrimination may hide behind other allegations.
That may not seem completely surprising to many people. Often, when an employer discriminates against a worker, the company may create some kind of paper trail to cover its tracks. Employment discrimination lawyers frequently call those allegations “pretext” in a workplace discrimination claim.