Pregnancy Bias in the US
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|Wed, 02-15-2012 - 5:11pm|
MSN is reporting that the number pregnancy discrimination charges have increased 10% in the past 10 years:
It’s hard to imagine we still have to tell employers this today, but here goes: Pregnancy discrimination is illegal.
While it may sound obvious to some, blatant pregnancy bias is still alive and well in the workplace. A pregnant woman who applied for a job at a Subway franchise in Phoenix was told by a manager “we can’t hire you because you’re pregnant.” Last month, she won punitive damages against the employer.
It’s just one example of the types of flagrant pregnancy discrimination that the federal government is trying to stop.
“A few employers have forgotten, or never learned, that it’s against the law to discriminate against women because of pregnancy,” David Lopez, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's general counsel, said during a public meeting before the EEOC commissioners Wednesday.
It’s unlawful, he stressed, to deprive a pregnant woman "the opportunity to sustain herself or her family based on stereotypical assumptions” that she won’t be as dedicated to her employers as a man or a woman who isn't pregnant.
The number of pregnancy discrimination charges increased about 15 percent in the last 10 years to 5,797 last year. That's down slightly from 2010's total claims of 6,119, according to the EEOC.
Have you ever experienced or seen pregnancy bias in the workplace?