Can a Promotion be Postponed due to Maternity Leave?
Pregnant people in the workplace are protected from discrimination in the US & even more so where I am in CA, and I'm going on maternity leave starting around March. That happens to also be when my company conducts its annual reviews, which is how employees are evaluated for promotion. My supervisor, who is new to the company and who has historically worked in Colorado with different laws, indicated that the timing may not be ideal if I am just going on an extended leave immediately after... But is it technically discrimination to deny or postpone my promotion simply because I'm going to have a baby? What arguments can I make in my favor to get the promotion?
Some background: I've been at the company for 2.5 years now and my performance has always been meets or exceeds expectations. However, I have had almost 10 supervisors in this time, only one who attempted to advocate for me and he was denied. So I am done relying on others to help me, and to be honest I'm getting fed up with the company so I may not return from maternity leave if I don't get the recognition I deserve. I.e. I have nothing left to lose at this stage :)
TIA for your help!