Birth mothers have a statutory right to take an unpaid pregnancy leave of up to 17 weeks, plus up to 61 weeks of unpaid parental leave. Mothers who do not take pregnancy leave and all other new parents are entitled to up to 63 weeks of parental leave.
Pregnancy and parental leaves are ‘job-protected’ leaves, meaning that you have a legal right to be reinstated to your job at the end of your leave, if it still exists. If it no longer exists, then you have a right to be reinstated to a comparable position.
It is unlawful for an employer to terminate your employment, or otherwise penalize you for exercising your statutory right to take a pregnancy or parental leave.
Have you been replaced in your job? Have you been told your position no longer exists? Has the employer reinstated you, but to a materially different job? Were you reinstated, only to be notified shortly thereafter that your services are no longer required? Do you feel that you have been disadvantaged or treated differently because you have taken a maternity leave? If you answered in the affirmative, you may be entitled to compensation and other remedies. Contact JPak Employment Lawyers today.