Pregnancy Discrimination

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Pregnancy Discrimination
Thu, 06-13-2013 - 10:06am

At a time when most pregnant women work, there are new efforts to keep companies from unfairly targeting employees because of a pregnancy. The allegations of pregnancy discrimination persist and have even risen in recent years despite a decades-old law against it,according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

"We all think that pregnancy discrimination is illegal, but what has happened is the way that law has been interpreted," says Dina Bakst, co-president of A Better Balance, an advocacy group that pushes for family-friendly work policies.

Bakst says courts have interpreted the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act narrowly, allowing employers to deny the same kinds of accommodations they make for those with on-the-job injuries, say a pulled muscle or broken bone.

How are things at your work since you've been pregnant? Have you experienced any kind of pregnancy discrimination?

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