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Neil Gorsuch Might Have Disturbing Views On Pregnancy Discrimination

Tom Spiggle | Posted 03.21.2017 | Politics
Tom Spiggle

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch may hold disturbing views on pregnancy discrimination that would be bad for women—and bad for business too. A for...

One Woman's Lawsuit May Determine Legal Rights For Millions of Pregnant And Breastfeeding Women

Liz Morris | Posted 02.01.2017 | Women
Liz Morris

Eryon Luke, a certified nursing assistant from Louisiana, was fired from her job in 2012 after becoming pregnant with twins. Today, her legal case may determine how other pregnant and breastfeeding women are treated in the workplace.

This Congress Should Take The Opportunity To Make Progress For Pregnant Workers

Debra L. Ness | Posted 10.31.2016 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

When Congress reconvenes next month, members will have a chance to show America's women and families that progress is possible. Rather than continuing...

Blessing Discrimination: When Religious Employers Set the Rules

Jessica Waters | Posted 11.11.2016 | Politics
Jessica Waters

Picture this: You are a respected teacher at a local private school. You and your husband desperately want to have a child, and you are undergoing IVF treatment. You meet with your boss to request time off for the procedure. Soon thereafter, you are told that you have been fired.

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

Dina Bakst | Posted 10.30.2016 | Politics
Dina Bakst

he PWFA would afford pregnant workers with limitations arising from pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions the same clear and familiar right to accommodations as workers with disabilities. They, too, deserve to participate fully in the American Dream.

Mother's Day -- More Than Once a Year

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.10.2016 | Women
Caroline Fredrickson

Today on Mother's Day, we need to confront the truth that the United States doesn't do that well by mothers and consequently by children. It isn't simply that the PDA isn't as strong as it should be; mothers face many obstacles in the American workplace from pregnancy to childbirth and beyond.

Pregnancy Discrimination, Immigrant Women and Low-Wage Work

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan | Posted 06.09.2015 | Women
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan

In the struggle for equal rights at work, much remains to be done. Advocates recognize that despite existing federal and state protections, pregnant workers in this country still face discrimination when denied reasonable accommodations that would otherwise enable them to continue working and support their families.

When It Comes To Pregnancy Discrimination, Equal Is Not The Same As Fair

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Nikki Gloudeman

While Young's case is currently experiencing a fever pitch of visibility, her story is far from an anomaly.

The Supreme Court Should Say 'No' to Pregnancy Discrimination

Debra L. Ness | Posted 02.02.2015 | Women
Debra L. Ness

There is no question that the authors of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act intended to prohibit unequal treatment for pregnant workers. No employer should be allowed to act as if it is exempt from the law.

Reasons to Celebrate -- and to be Vigilant -- this National Work and Family Month

Debra L. Ness | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

All of this recent activity is worthy of celebration. At the same time, it is deeply frustrating to be reminded that women and their families are still fighting unfair workplace practices that were outlawed decades ago.

Then and Now: Pregnancy Discrimination Hurts Women and Their Families

Debra L. Ness | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Debra L. Ness

Pregnant women tend to be forced out of their jobs or fired because their employers refuse to make minor accommodations that would enable them to continue working. This discrimination is shameful and does real harm to women and their families at a time when they badly need wages.

Pregnant Women Need a Break

Carol Joyner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Carol Joyner

Pregnant women in our country deserve better; their work has value and their children make up our future society. Think about your mom, your sister or daughter. It's beyond time that pregnant women get a break.

This Labor Day, Let's Ask Congress to Stop Employers from Discriminating Against Pregnant Workers

Debra L. Ness | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

This Labor Day, all members of Congress should think about what's at stake for women, families and our economy when discrimination against pregnant workers goes unaddressed.

The Politics of Motherhood

Ann O'Leary | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Ann O'Leary

Working mothers, or at least those with limited education and lower-end jobs, have almost no employee benefits that allow time away from work when their children are sick or even when they give birth.

This Mother's Day, Stand Up for Expecting Moms

Dina Bakst | Posted 07.08.2012 | Parents
Dina Bakst

No pregnant worker should be forced to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy.

Company Ordered To Pay Up In Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Posted 03.06.2012 | Parents

A Milwaukee medical staffing company will have to pay a former employee nearly $150,000 after firing the new mom for taking maternity leave. The U....

What's Really Holding Women Back In The Workplace

Joan Williams | Posted 05.02.2012 | Women
Joan Williams

Is discrimination against mothers -- not against women in general -- almost single-handedly responsible for the gender gap in the academy in science and math-related fields?

Working Pregnant Women Face Rampant Discrimination

Reuters | Posted 04.16.2012 | Parents

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON, Feb 15 (Reuters) - More than three decades after Congress passed a law trying to protect pregnant women in ...

Pregnant And Fired

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 02.08.2012 | Parents

Amy Zvovushe, 31, had a new job (as a senior program manager at a marketing company in Connecticut) and a new baby on the way. But instead of colleagu...

Professor Says Pregnancy Should Be Treated As Disability

Posted 01.06.2012 | Parents

Jeannette Cox, a law professor at the University of Dayton (Ohio), is suggesting that pregnant women experience symptoms that may warrant special acco...

The Ledbetter Lesson

Jessica Arons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Arons

Many hoped the Court would abandon its quest to place its own ideology ahead of settled law. Yet it is clear that these justices still have not learned their lesson.

Stating the Obvious

Irasema Garza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irasema Garza

Sonia Sotomayor has more judicial experience than any Supreme Court nominee of the past 100 years. She is an outstanding nominee. Yet her detractors attack her for having stated the obvious.