Disability leave and maternity leave

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Disability leave and maternity leave

Most employers who promulgate some type of maternity or pregnancy leave policy are sort of mixing the two concepts together because a woman is presumptively disabled for a period of time post birth. So when you look at employer policies, most of them deal with post birth leave. And they might call it maternity leave. They might call it pregnancy leave. But it really is a period of time during which the woman is presumtively disabled due to having given birth. True pregnancy leave is any type of leave taken at any time related to your pregnancy. And the reality is most employers don´t have a policy that addresses that particular scenario. Usually because pregnancy related leave is based upon some sort of disability, such as a high risk pregnancy where you are unable for some period of time to perform the essential functions of your work, maybe even come to work at all. In those cases, it´s the standard disability policies of your employer and the temporary disability laws of the federal and your local state laws.

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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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