Pregnancy Discrimination Complaint Form
If you have experienced pregnancy discrimination in employment, the ACLU of Illinois wants to hear about it. We might be able to help.
Employment is critical to women’s equality, but women still experience employment discrimination in both obvious and indirect ways.
- Some women are fired or otherwise penalized for becoming pregnant
- Some women are pushed out of work by being denied job modifications during their pregnancies
- Some new mothers are not given accommodation in the workplace to express (“pump”) breast milk or to meet other family obligations, such as caring for children or other family members.
If you have experienced any of these forms of discrimination, we want to hear from you. We are collecting facts to help our advocacy – and in some cases to pursue legal action – to protect the rights of pregnant workers, specifically under a new Illinois law which went into effect on January 1, 2015, requiring all employers with one or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations to employees and job applicants who are pregnant, recovering from childbirth, or have a condition relating to pregnancy or childbirth. (For more information on the new law, view our fact sheet).
We treat information provided to us as confidential. We will not publicize your story without your permission.
The ACLU of Illinois provides legal representation on certain matters, but solely where the incident occurred in the state of Illinois, or cases involving residents of Illinois. The organization is not a provider of general legal services; it only litigates cases where there has been a violation of a person’s civil rights, primarily by the government. We do not practice criminal law or generally take cases where rights have been violated by a private entity. After receiving your request, it may take up to two weeks to receive a response from the Intake Department. As such, if your case is extremely time-sensitive, you may wish to consult a private attorney. The ACLU of Illinois cannot provide legal advice unless the organization has accepted your case. The receipt of and/or response to your inquiry does not indicate the acceptance of your case.
Please tell us by filling out the form below. Be sure to read about our Intake Procedures before filling out this form. We receive many requests for help, so please bear with us as we try to get to your request. We'll let you know whether we can give you legal assistance. If we can't, we'll try to find another organization that may be better equipped to help.