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Pregnancy Discrimination

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...

A Double Bind Punishes Low-Income Families as Lawmakers Deny Women Abortion Coverage and Fail to Support Parenting

Debra L. Ness | Posted 09.30.2016 | Women
Debra L. Ness

Sometimes it's hard to fathom the ways laws and policies evolve in this country, with little coherence and an often-painful disregard for their impact...

Eight Labor Days

Debra L. Ness | Posted 09.07.2016 | Women
Debra L. Ness

Today is the eighth and final Labor Day the country will celebrate with Barack Obama as its president. As we pay tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our nation, it's well worth taking a moment to appreciate this president's deep and enduring commitment to equal opportunity for women in the workplace and the impact it has had.

Failing Our Families

Debra L. Ness | Posted 08.04.2016 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

In the United States today, whether you can take a few paid sick days or a few weeks of paid family or medical leave, and whether your employer must m...

Maternity Leave vs. 'Me-ternity' Leave, and What It Means for Work-Life Balance

Jon Hyman | Posted 05.05.2017 | Parents
Jon Hyman

Until we, as employers, figure out how to permit our employees (women and men) to step away from work when needed and inject some balance into their lives, we will have employees like Meghann Foye calling for the folly of me-ternity leave.

Moms Rally Around Pregnant Scientist After She's Uninvited From Conference

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.04.2015 | Parents

After a female scientist's invitation to speak at a conference was allegedly revoked due to her pregnancy, a group of women rallied around her with a ...

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.

Similar in Their Ability or Inability to Work

Nora T. Akins | Posted 10.07.2016 | Business
Nora T. Akins

If attitudes lead to beliefs (stereotypes), and stereotypes lead to action; employers should pay close attention to the rights of their workforce to assure no action is discriminatory.

White-Collar Women Don't Speak Up About Pregnancy Discrimination. Here's Why.

Tom Spiggle | Posted 09.07.2016 | Parents
Tom Spiggle

As someone who works everyday on pregnancy discrimination cases, I have seen time and again cases where white-collar workers are reticent to seek legal help or pursue civil cases, even in the face of blatantly illegal behavior.

Reproductive Justice is Fundamentally an Economic Justice Issue

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan | Posted 08.07.2016 | Latino Voices
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan

The ability of women of color and immigrant women to lead healthy reproductive lives is an integral part of the right to self-determination in all aspects of their lives and inherently impacts their economic security and independence.

What You Should Know About AutoZone's $185 Million Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Tom Spiggle | Posted 07.31.2016 | Business
Tom Spiggle

After deliberating for approximately five hours, the jury delivered the headline-making verdict, finding that AutoZone's action so outrageous that it should be punished by having to write a check for $185 million.

Why We Should Celebrate Women in Public Office

Seleni Institute | Posted 06.10.2016 | Parents
Seleni Institute

Women and families thrive in direct proportion to the support they receive. And an essential pillar of that is implementing the federal policies -- including paid parental leave -- that provide the safety net necessary to effectively manage the challenges of raising children and working.

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.

Why Young v. UPS Is a Big Win for Pregnant Workers

Tom Spiggle | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Tom Spiggle

The case's effects on pregnant workers overall is not immediately clear. But as an experienced attorney dealing with these kinds of cases, I believe that it will ultimately help make the playing field a little more favorable for workers who have faced discrimination.

Supreme Court Decision Underscores Need for Mass. Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

MotherWoman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents

The United States Supreme Court today issued a decision that bolsters the case for the passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) in Massachusetts. The legislation is sponsored by Hadley-based MotherWoman and supported by a coalition of advocacy organizations across the state.

5 Key Moments for Pregnant Workers in 2014

Tom Spiggle | Posted 02.21.2015 | Parents
Tom Spiggle

Without a doubt, 2014 has been a busy year for the law on pregnancy discrimination, with the Supreme Court, federal courts, states and the media getting into the act.

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.

Supreme Court Must Make Clear That Pregnancy Discrimination Is Unjust

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

When working women, the primary purchasers in our consumer-fueled economy, are without a salary because they've been forced to quit, are fired or are pushed onto unpaid leave, it negatively affects our economy and families' financial security.

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.

The Supreme Court Could Soon Make Life Harder for Pregnant Women

Tom Spiggle | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Tom Spiggle

During her pregnancy, Patricia Young's health care provider considered the question of whether she should lift heavy boxes and said no. Young asked UPS for an alternative assignment until after she gave birth, and they turned her down. (The company has since changed its policy.)

Dave Jamieson

SCOTUS To Decide If Pregnant Workers Can Be Forced Off The Job | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Peggy Young became pregnant in 2006, she had every intention of continuing to work delivering packages for UPS in Maryland. At the ...

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.

Pregnant Pause

Nora T. Akins | Posted 11.08.2014 | Business
Nora T. Akins

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued new guidance on pregnancy discrimination. The new guidance broadened the definition of pregnancy to include all aspects of the reproductive process, including contraception, termination of pregnancy, childbirth and post-birth.

Women's Equality Matters

Debra L. Ness | Posted 10.27.2014 | Women
Debra L. Ness

Women's equality matters because every American deserves quality, affordable, patient-centered health care and efforts to provide that remain under attack, as does the birth control coverage and access to reproductive health services that women need.