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Moms Have Rights, Too
Did you know that The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission notes a rise in pregnancy-bias complaints of 14% over the last year? This is the largest increase in 13 years. As if it’s not hard enough being pregnant—the morning sickness, renegade strangers patting your belly and swelling everywhere—some women have to deal with employment bias while expecting.
There are not necessarily a mob of uncouth bosses out there with an ax to grind against Fertile Myrtles. Apparently, the law that is supposed to protect women from such grief—the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act—doesn’t keep employers from firing or refusing to hire expectant moms. It only states that women can’t be singled out for worse treatment than male or non-pregnant counterparts. That’s a tough thing to prove!
Organizations like Momsrising.org are a good resource if you think being pregnant is making you a target at work. Get informed! [Wall Street Journal]