This still happens? by Emily J. Martin


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reposted … from 2013

This still happens?
It’s true — some pregnant women are still forced to make terrible choice between losing their jobs and endangering their pregnancies.
Too many pregnant women who need a temporary workplace accommodation to continue working safely are being shown the door. Employers know they can’t get away with this if a worker with a disability needs an accommodation — but they think it is fine to treat a pregnant worker like a second-class citizen.
We’re talking about adjustments like a temporary schedule change, permission to carry a water bottle, or sitting on a stool instead of standing all day at a cash register. Too often, employers say no to these simple requests. To make matters worse, the women most likely to be in this impossible position are often in jobs that pay the lowest wages.

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act - Pregnant women have been fired for drinking water, using the bathroom too frequently, and being unable to lift heavy objects.

Over the next several months, we’re turning the pressure up — to raise awareness and take action in support of pregnant workers. Thirty-five years ago this month, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act became law, but we obviously still have a lot more work to do to make sure pregnant women are treated fairly.

That’s why we need to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bill that would require employers to make the same types of accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions that they do for disabilities.

No pregnant woman should be forced to choose between her health and her job.

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7 thoughts on “This still happens? by Emily J. Martin”

  1. Great post and an issue I was sadly unaware of. Thanks for spreading awareness. This is a piece of legislation that should clearly be bipartisan…in a rational world that is.

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    1. Great post on being “a certain age” I experienced what employers often call being pregnant a “pre-existing “condition” before FMLA and after with some nasty cynical upper mgmt. and a slightly hostile environment … I had some complications and how dare I put folks out … anyway, thanks for the comment on an issue and legislation that not only needs more airtime it needs to be passed asap … FMLA is 20yrs old, it helped me but it’s time to update the law specifically “pregnant workers”
      carmen

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  2. I agree 100% but also agree that women should not be forced to give birth either if doing so put their life in danger especially if she has other children who depend on her to look after them .

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    1. I have to say that the problem with “being pregnant” while working has nothing to do with having the right to choose. If you include yourself in this article by Emily J.Martin, you already have made the choice. The problem is how employers are treating pregnant women while working . If it were up to me, women would not have to treat issues of reproduction separately but we are made to. I am definitely a Choice activists always have been and have had an abortion. I have ranted and posted things about reproductive rights, provided some of my own petitions as well as from other sources …like PPH NWLC –

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      1. No, what you read was my passion for reproductive rights ( 8 I am thankful for your visit!!!

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