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If you feel that you have been discriminated against because of your pregnancy, document everything that happened. Note the date, time, and place of the event(s). Review your work performance since your last evaluation and since you announced you were pregnant. This will help you demonstrate that you can and have done your job, despite being pregnant. It may also show when your employer started to reduce your duties, and you can document the change. Review your company's disability policy and if you are in a union, speak to your representative. Find out how to file a complaint by reviewing your company's employee handbook or talk to your HR representative. Finally, file a claim with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. You may file in person or by mail. For more information, call 800.669.4000 or go to www.eeoc.gov

You must pre-file your claim (request a notice of right-to-sue) with the EEOC within 180 days of the alleged discrimination, or within 300 days of the action if the charge also is covered by a state or local anti-discrimination law. This deadline will not be extended due to an internal investigation of the allegations within the company. A lawsuit must be filed within 90 days of the receipt of a right-to-sue letter from the EEOC.

If you are found to have indeed suffered pregnancy discrimination, you may be eligible to receive remedies and damages including back pay, compensatory damages, attorney's fees, punitive damages, front pay (to compensate for anticipated future losses due to the discrimination), and injunctive relief (such as reinstatement).

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