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Dina Bakst
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Dina Bakst, Co-President of A Better Balance (ABB), co-founded ABB to advance the legal rights of pregnant women and caregivers in the American workplace. Bakst’s New York Times op-ed, Pregnant and Pushed Out of a Job, inspired the introduction of the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Bakst is co-author of the newly released book, Babygate: What You Really Need to Know About Pregnancy and Parenting in the American Workplace. Prior to founding A Better Balance, Ms. Bakst was an attorney with the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (now Legal Momentum) where she engaged in litigation and conducted public policy advocacy on a wide range of women's issues including economic justice, child care and reproductive rights. Prior to NOW Legal Defense, Dina served as a litigation associate with Kaye, Scholer LLP. Ms. Bakst is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan.

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States and Cities Deliver Pregnancy Fairness Laws; This Mother's Day, It's Congress's Turn

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 3:52 PM

Floralba Fernandez Espinal thought she was out of luck and out of options when she was put on unpaid leave at a New York City thrift store earlier this year. She'd handed her employer a doctor's note explaining that she could not perform heavy lifting duties because she was pregnant...

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NYC Shows the Way on Pregnant Workers' Rights

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 3:05 PM

New York City has just given an important boost to the rights of pregnant workers with a new law that will ensure that women across the five boroughs do not have to fear losing their jobs because they need simple modifications to their routine to safeguard their own and their...

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Seneca Falls: 165 Years Later and Still Struggling for Equality

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 1:40 PM

On July 19 and 20, we acknowledge a defining moment in the ongoing fight for women's equality. One hundred and sixty five years ago, the first Women's Rights Convention took place in Seneca Falls, New York. These brave, early suffragists brought to public consciousness the importance of equal treatment for...

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This Mother's Day, Stand Up for Expecting Moms

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 10:40 AM

True or False:

1) A pregnant woman can be fired for carrying a water bottle on the job to stay hydrated and prevent bladder infections.

2) A pregnant activity director at a nursing home can be terminated because she requires help with...

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