Friday, September 26, 2014
Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace is still an issue
Think Progress is reporting a story of a pregnant woman who says she was fired by a nursing home in Mississippi three hours after starting her new job in the kitchen and telling her supervisor she was pregnant. She was replaced by a non-pregnant woman; story link is here.
The story indicates that discrimination against pregnant women is still common in rural areas or in the South. The article also reports that some employers don’t make accommodations in the physical environment, and that sometimes miscarriages result (or disabilities of babies after birth). It also reports that most pregnant women work into the eighth month of pregnancy.
It’s almost a simple result of logic that others have to make accommodations so people in the workplace can have families. Nothing in life is completely “equal”.