Pregnancy and employment accommodations

Attorney Christina Coleman explains the employment accommodations that women are entitled to during pregnancy, and which employers are required to make the accommodations
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Pregnancy and employment accommodations

If because of your pregnancy, you’re unable to perform your essential functions of your job, you may, depending upon whether or not it qualifies as a pregnancy disability. Being entitled for some type of accommodations such as modified job duties, some time off, some assistance, other types of accommodations and the employers are required to work with you concerning the best type of accommodation is but this only applies if your employer is in fact required to give you some type of accommodation. They're not always required to do so. Sometimes they're exempt from the federal laws that required the accommodation but then there might be a state law that covers and provides a similar type of responsibility on behalf of the employer to give you an accommodation. There will be circumstances though where you will not be entitled to an accommodation. If you still simply cannot do your job because of your pregnancy then you're not qualified for that job and sometimes the employer does not have to accommodate you.

Attorney Christina Coleman explains the employment accommodations that women are entitled to during pregnancy, and which employers are required to make the accommodations


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Christina Coleman

Attorney & Mother of a Diabetic

Christina M. Coleman, a California native, was admitted to practice law in 1997. As in-house Corporate Counsel for a family of Internet/Telecommunications Companies, she oversaw all litigation and some corporate matters. In 2000, Ms. Coleman's outstanding track record caused her to join a plaintiff's litigation firm focusing on catastrophic injury (financial and physical) cases. While at this firm, Ms. Coleman met Lisa L. Maki where they co-counseled in a few high-profile cases. As a result, they became fast friends in their pursuit of justice for their clients.

Ms. Coleman is a highly skilled litigator and negotiator who has been the key to obtaining multi-million dollar jury trials and settlements, including a 7.2 million dollar jury verdict for an individual and company in Orange County, California. In March 2006, Ms. Coleman and Ms. Maki joined forces and Ms. Coleman is the firm's senior litigator and negotiator. In this role, she continues to represent plaintiffs in their struggle for justice and fairness in the workplace and in the corporate arena.

Ms. Coleman has lectured for the Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, and has been published in the Advocate. She has also served on the editorial board for an employment related treatise for James Publishing. Ms. Coleman was Consumer Attorneys of California’s finalist nominee for Consumer Attorney of the Year in 2008, and finalist nominee for Streetfighter of the Year in 2010. 

A member of the California Bar, Ms. Coleman graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (BA 1993) and University of San Diego School of Law (JD. 1997). Ms. Coleman currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young daughters, and proudly participates in many legal and bar organizations

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