Anne Arundel County Family Responsibility Discrimination Lawyer
In Anne Arundel County, an employment attorney may be able to hold an employer liable for family responsibilities discrimination if they:
- Refuse maternity or paternity leave
- Deliberately make it difficult to take leave from work to care for an ill family member
- Fire or demote someone because of pregnancy
- Stereotype parents with young children as lacking “drive” or “commitment”
- Refuse to accommodate breastfeeding
- Retaliate against an employee for complaining about family leave or other employment practices
- Question someone about their family during an interview
- Denying flexibility to take care of medical, school, or other family-related needs
If any of these sound familiar or have affected you or a loved one, you should consider contacting an Anne Arundel County family responsibilities discrimination lawyer at Spiggle Law for information about your legal options.
What is Family Responsibilities Discrimination?
When an employer treats an employee differently based on their family caregiving needs, they may be violating the law. Although there is not a singular law which specifically covers family responsibilities discrimination in Anne Arundel County, a skilled attorney could help pinpoint whether an employer has broken any federal, state, or county laws in regards to family caregiver status.
Family responsibilities discrimination can affect anyone: newlyweds, expectant parents, parents with school-aged children, anyone caring for an ill family member, and many others. Whenever an employer holds your family status against you, they may be violating the law.
Laws Covering Family Responsibilities Discrimination
Protections for caregivers in Anne Arundel County come from many different federal and state laws. These include:
- Title VII, which prohibits gender discrimination
- The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Nursing Mothers Provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act
- Laws against harassment and retaliation on the job
- Maryland Civil Rights Law (prohibits discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, and other factors)
Fortunately, certain counties in Maryland have laws against discrimination based on family status and other characteristics that may relate to caregiving. All these laws vary in terms of which employers they cover, the damages and other remedies available, and the procedures for bringing a claim.
For example, the FMLA generally applies to larger employers, while some state laws apply to virtually all employers. Getting advice from a caring attorney who regularly helps victims of caregiver discrimination in Anne Arundel County could help you understand which laws may be applicable in a specific situation.
Call an Anne Arundel County Family Responsibilities Discrimination Attorney
Anyone with concerns about family responsibilities discrimination could benefit from the advice of a legal representative who understands these and other relevant laws. When you meet with an attorney from the Spiggle Law Firm, we could take the time to learn more about your particular situation to assess what laws may apply. Based on this, we could advise you about your legal options and ways that you could protect your rights.
Some situations may call for coaching about how to address a workplace situation, while more extreme circumstances such as disciplinary action or termination may require a discussion about filing a civil claim in court or with a government agency. Regardless of the situation, the goal of a qualified Anne Arundel County family responsibility discrimination lawyer is to provide you with professional guidance so that you can make educated decisions and reach the best result available under applicable laws. Click here to fill out our online case review form free of charge and get started on your case.