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Dina Bakst
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.

Entries by Dina Bakst

Pregnant and Jobless: Pregnant Women Still Choose Between Paycheck and a Healthy Pregnancy

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 5:03 PM

Last year, Betzaida Cruz Cardona, a cashier for a large retain chain in Rochester, New York, was told to "stay home and take care of her pregnancy" after she brought in a doctor's note with a 25 pound lifting restriction. Even though she rarely lifted anything heavier than 25 pounds...

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Top 6 Things Fathers Should Know About Their Workplace Rights

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 3:46 PM

Just in time for Father's Day, here's what every dad should know about his rights - or lack of - in the workplace. If you're still struggling to find that perfect gift, forget the necktie and send dad this list - something he can actually use at work.

1. Depending...

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America's Largest Employer Needs to Step It Up for Pregnant Workers

(12) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 7:55 AM

No pregnant woman should be forced to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy. Yet at Walmart, the largest employer in America, and many other companies across the country, that is exactly what's happening.

The Supreme Court is currently considering employers' legal obligations to accommodate pregnancy-related medical needs...

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Supreme Court Must Make Clear That Pregnancy Discrimination Is Unjust

(9) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 4:05 PM

All eyes are on the U.S. Supreme Court today as they hear the case of Peggy Young vs. UPS. Peggy asked for reasonable accommodations in her scope of work when she became pregnant and her doctor noted that she could no longer lift more than 20 lbs. Instead of accommodations,...

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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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