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Pregnancy Discrimination

5 Key Moments for Pregnant Workers in 2014

Tom Spiggle | Posted 12.22.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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...

The Supreme Court Could Soon Make Life Harder for Pregnant Women

Tom Spiggle | Posted 12.01.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 10.29.2014 | 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.

EEOC: Parity for Maternity and Paternity Leave

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 09.14.2014 | Business
Scott Behson, PhD

The EEOC issued its new guidance on parental leave today. In it, they lay the basis for parity between company-offered maternity and paternity leave. ...

America's Families Expect and Deserve Better: 31 States Get Grades of 'D' or 'F' in New Study

Debra L. Ness | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

A growing body of evidence shows that ensuring new parents and all workers have access to family friendly policies like paid sick days and paid family and medical leave has widespread benefits for the health and economic security of families and the strength of businesses and the economy.

#WhatMothersNeed This Mother's Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women
Debra L. Ness

So, although flowers, brunch and other gifts are a fine way to show the mothers in your life that you care, take some time this Mother's Day to think about the challenges facing America's mothers and families.

Dave Jamieson

Pregnant Worker Says Big Retailer Forced Her To Take Unpaid Leave

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.19.2014 | Business

A pregnant worker has filed a lawsuit challenging Pier 1 Imports' policies toward expectant mothers, saying the home-goods retailer forced her to take...

9 Pivotal Victories That Quietly Changed Women's History

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 03.27.2014 | Women

The last century of women's rights victories has a familiar highlight reel with women gaining the right to vote, access to birth control and abortion,...

Is it Legal to Discriminate Against Employees Who Seek a Work-Life Balance?

Tom Spiggle | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Tom Spiggle

In most places in this country, it is perfectly legal for a company to pay an employee less, or even fire her, if she made no secret about the fact that she planned to prioritize her family and work fewer hours.

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.

What You May Not Expect When You're Expecting

Joan Williams | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents
Joan Williams

As exciting as all the considerations may be, they often distract from the more daunting task of navigating the workplace while expecting: sad to say, this is the dark underbelly of pregnancy in the United States.

Happy Birthday, ADA!

Joan Williams | Posted 09.22.2013 | Parents
Joan Williams

Expectant mothers risk losing their jobs, their babies or both when employers deny them pregnancy accommodations at work.

Dave Jamieson

Worker Blames Supermarket Chain Chain For Death Of Her Baby

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.27.2013 | Business

A grocery store worker in California has filed a lawsuit against the Albertsons supermarket chain, claiming the company refused to accommodate her pre...

Cincinnati Archdiocese Appeals Award to Teacher Fired for IVF Pregnancy: Examining the 'Religious Freedom' Arguments

Bridgette Dunlap | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion
Bridgette Dunlap

The arguments the archdiocese made in its attempt to keep the case out of court are a distressing example of the larger trend in "religious freedom" claims being made to deprive employees of the protections of the law.

Lisa Belkin

Pregnant And Fired: Employers Routinely Discriminate Against Pregnant Women, Report Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Parents

Heather Myers was fired over a bottle of water. Myers was seven months pregnant back in 2007, working as a floor associate at a Walmart in Kansas,...

The Women's Equality Act: A No Brainer for New York

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.12.2013 | New York
Taina Bien-Aime

The legislation is testament that we cannot parse out women's rights, drop by drop. It is recognition that if New York doesn't legislate against discrimination, it in effect condones inequality.

Pregnant and Pushed into Poverty

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Dina would be happier if laws were strengthened to the point where employers would be discouraged from even trying to discriminate against pregnant and parenting women.

Messages That Matter This Mother's Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.10.2013 | Women
Debra L. Ness

These messages -- and they really only scratch the surface of the challenges America's working mothers face -- illustrate the incredible strength and resilience of mothers who hold jobs in this country. But they also reveal a stark and unacceptable reality