Discrimination During Pregnancy On the Rise

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Pregnant women face discrimination in the workplace. It's a fact. It's as bad as the state of our maternity leave.

The Miami Herald took note of the large number of women blogging about being fired from their job for being pregnant. I'm sure they were reading CafeMom.

And forget about trying to find a job when pregnant. It's hard enough to find a job when you're not right now.

The sad fact is that you can be laid off when pregnant. You can be fired when on maternity leave. And there is little we can do about it.

Or is there?

"'In the tough economy, employers consider expecting mothers to be expendable employees,' Robert Weisberg, a Miami labor lawyer who represents victims of discrimination, told the Miami Herald. "'In these times, pregnancy is viewed as a real liability.'"

He went on to say that new mothers are seen as less productive on the job.

Women are speaking up -- complaints on pregnancy-bias rose 14 percent last year...the biggest increase in 13 years.

Though the complaints become a type of (s)he said/she said situation.

One woman in Florida is suing her former employer, one of the largest general contractors in the Southeast. She says her manager "criticized her for getting pregnant, harassed her, and called her a liability." She complained to human resources and was fired.

The company says the firing was based on performance.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act says it is illegal to fire, or not hire, a person because she is pregnant.

But proving discrimination because of pregnancy is difficult when it's one person's word against another.

Have you been discriminated against at work during your pregnancy? What do you think of pregnancy bias?

 

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