Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace

According to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, “Pregnancy discrimination generally occurs when an employer treats a woman employee or job applicant unfavorably because of pregnancy, childbirth, or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. This type of discrimination may also occur when an employer has policies or practices that exclude women from particular jobs because they could become pregnant.”

As preposterous as it sounds, pregnancy discrimination exists. The Huffington Post printed an account about a 6-month pregnant Jamaica, Queens lady from who was fired from her admin job without reason. She was left without income and without insurance. The Huffington Post also reported of a pregnant woman who was fired from a Kansas Wal-Mart because she was drinking water on the work floor, as per her doctor’s advice.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 prohibits the unequal treatment of pregnant women in the workplace. Unfortunately, discrimination of pregnant women occurs perhaps leaving women without substantial incomes/insurance to provide proper medical care for themselves and their babies. For those who have dealt with discrimination please file a complaint with the US Department of Labor.  The US Department of Labor also provides a list of local Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20210
TTY: 1-202-693-1337

What we can do:

Sign a petition to enact the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. This Act will “Protect pregnant women from being fired for requesting workplace accommodations”. To sign a petition, please visit one of the following sites:

  • Care2
  • RH Reality Check

COPYRIGHT © 2013 Alicia Reece Conradi, Author. All rights reserved.


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