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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.

Ex-UPS Worker's Pregnancy Discrimination Case Is Going To The Supreme Court

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Peggy Young only has to look at her younger daughter to be reminded how long she has fought United Parcel Service over its treatme...

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.

More Than 120 Lawmakers Urge Supreme Court To Protect Pregnant Workers

AP | By HOPE YEN | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 120 members of Congress urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonabl...

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.