How to Find an Employment Lawyer to Help with Pregnancy Discrimination
In 2011, pregnant with my first child, I suddenly found myself completely shut out by the Wall Street investment bank I worked for. When I Googled “employment lawyer NYC,” I found shady characters with big, blinking CALL NOW buttons emblazoned on their websites. They looked like the employment law equivalent of ambulance chasers -- and definitively not who I would want representing me to the Swiss investment bank I worked for. Ultimately, when push came to shove and I was looking at arbitration, I found someone through a family friend, but that was more than six months after the whole ordeal started. If I’d had a good attorney to advise me early on, I could have seen an entirely different outcome.
Initiating conversations with a lawyer does not mean you’re escalating the conflict: you can get advice from a lawyer without your employer ever knowing you’ve retained someone. I know it can feel scary to acknowledge (even just to yourself!) that you may want to consider legal action, but getting a professional opinion early on can help insulate your reputation and your paycheck.
If you don’t have a personal recommendation, these organizations can help you find a local attorney with expertise in pregnancy discrimination.
- Center for Work Life Law Hotline (www.worklifelaw.org): 415-703-8276
- A Better Balance Hotline (www.abettersbalance.org): 212-430-5982
- Equal Rights Advocates Hotline (www.equalrights.org): 800-839-4372
For more on finding the right employment lawyer, order a copy of Here’s the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood.