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Pregnant Women Are Still Struggling To Keep Their Jobs

By Huffington Post

A Supreme Court ruling was supposed to help, but a new report shows that employers are getting away with discriminationRead full story

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  • Monsicha Hoonsuwan
    Monsicha HoonsuwanMarketing Manager at Jitta

    "Pregnant workers are still being forced to choose between their job and a healthy pregnancy." Why is that? Would extra bathroom breaks and a seating accommodation diminish productivity so bad?

    Think about it: these pregnant women are not event treated like a disabled worker. They're just expected to perform the same duties as when they're not pregnant, like lifting heavy stuff. And when they ask for light duties, they get fired, even at Amazon.

    This is not a problem for women. It's a problem

    "Pregnant workers are still being forced to choose between their job and a healthy pregnancy." Why is that? Would extra bathroom breaks and a seating accommodation diminish productivity so bad?

    Think about it: these pregnant women are not event treated like a disabled worker. They're just expected to perform the same duties as when they're not pregnant, like lifting heavy stuff. And when they ask for light duties, they get fired, even at Amazon.

    This is not a problem for women. It's a problem for all of us. When women are forced to either choose pregnancy or work, it limits their socio-economic mobility. It also discourages women to have children, and we already see birth rates dropping in so many nations...which then contribute to labor shortage and increasing reliance on immigrant labors....Not that immigration is bad, but if you're going to oppose immigration, you should also consider treating pregnant women especially well.

  • Only when men can become pregnant will the job market become more secure for expecting parents.

  • Happy #mothersday. “Women take a pay hit simply for having children — a 4 percent reduction in pay per child, according to one 2014 study. Mothers aren’t guaranteed paid time off to recover from childbirth or bond with a new baby. As a result, one-quarter of women go back to work within two weeks of giving birth.” Please read this and then support @abetterbalance and the work they are doing

  • Weiyee IN
    Weiyee INChief Strategy Officer

    Shame on me that I did not know that this was still an issue. Unbelievable that this is still reality in our day and time.

  • Martin Storbeck
    Martin Storbeck Founder & CEO at STARK Group

    My wife had her contract canceled when she disclosed that she was pregnant. They didn’t even wait until her maternity leave (which is 14 months, paid for by the German government). Fortunately other companies saw her talent and she got a much better job within one year after giving birth to our daughter. But seeing her booted out for bringing a child into this world was eye opening.

    Fast forward to 2018. In my company a rumor was spread, that our intern - and soon to be employee - was pregnant

    My wife had her contract canceled when she disclosed that she was pregnant. They didn’t even wait until her maternity leave (which is 14 months, paid for by the German government). Fortunately other companies saw her talent and she got a much better job within one year after giving birth to our daughter. But seeing her booted out for bringing a child into this world was eye opening.

    Fast forward to 2018. In my company a rumor was spread, that our intern - and soon to be employee - was pregnant. It was baseless, someone made a joke and someone else didn’t get it. Next up, the head of HR calls and she (!!) asks: „Do you really think it is a wise idea to offer her a job, now that she is pregnant?“ She was worried about filling a much needed position with someone who would ultimately be gone in a few months. Now I knew what happened to my wife four years ago...

    Happy Mother’s Day, everyone 👩🏻‍🦳👵🏼👩🏽‍🦰👩🏾👱🏿‍♀️

  • John Gray
    John GrayFormer Banker Risk Management

    Name and shame . All conditions of employment must be made clear at hiring. Perhaps when companies lose talent they need to realize they are losing money and when they are publicly named they are probably losing sales and money. Bad corporate behavior has consequences. Bad management is just too ignorant to realize it.

  • We can change legislation but until we change sexist stigmas, expose wrong attitudes and eradicate the unhealthy bias and group think that attaches to pregnancies mid career this will remain an issue and pregnant women will continue to be submitted to pressures to unfairly compromise on their rights.

  • Adèle Salin-Cantegrel
    Adèle Salin-CantegrelFounder at scikoop

    Been there, not cool.

  • Happy Mother’s Day to you Mom’s out there. You deserve much better than this!

  • So true... pregnancy is hard in every month, it’s not a sickness but we do need extra care and that doesn’t meet to our job’s expectations. Plus when you mention pregnancy although in Ecuador they can’t fire you by law, they do diminish you as a worker or give less responsibilities.

  • My wife went through much the same with our second child. It's upsetting to see how widespread these cases are. How many people feel the need to hide this wonderful and important part of their lives out of fear of discrimination? #happymothersday !

  • Rachel Burger
    Rachel Burger

    "The United States has a long way to go when it comes to truly celebrating mothers. Women take a pay hit simply for having children — a 4 percent reduction in pay per child, according to one 2014 study. Mothers aren’t guaranteed paid time off to recover from childbirth or bond with a new baby. As a result, one-quarter of women go back to work within two weeks of giving birth."

  • Oh no, pregnant women treated like dis-abled white men? How disgusting is THAT!

  • David Yakobovitch
    David YakobovitchAI Professor at Galvanize

    I think in the USA they are doing a better job at keeping their jobs than in other non-European countries. However, much work is required to level the career ladder playing field.

  • It's a bit more than "just" a pay gap isn't it?

  • Leah Derby
    Leah Derby

    I know that there is no way that i could keep my job if i became pregnant. As a freight train conductor and engineer they would likely place me on a medical leave of absence which i would be hard pressed to return from as their medical department makes it an epic process. There are no options for "desk work" for the short term.

  • Rajul Alam
    Rajul AlamBusiness Analyst at Capita plc

    This is one of the factors why there is a significant gender pay gap. Pregnant women are more likely snubbed for promotion.

  • angel ortiz
    angel ortiz

    Welcome to capitalism.

  • R C
    R C

    This dog wont hunt. Neither does the one that if men were pregnant, all is solved. Why? Because businesses need to continue working to survive. Because 9 months leave is more catastrophic the greater the expertise. Because the meer change of job is now classified as loss, to support the argument.

    Yes there are still bosses that are jerks, or companies. Just as their are fails in a perfect world.

    The attack is flawed.

    Instead of working this as a equality issue, since men dont naturally get pregnant

    This dog wont hunt. Neither does the one that if men were pregnant, all is solved. Why? Because businesses need to continue working to survive. Because 9 months leave is more catastrophic the greater the expertise. Because the meer change of job is now classified as loss, to support the argument.

    Yes there are still bosses that are jerks, or companies. Just as their are fails in a perfect world.

    The attack is flawed.

    Instead of working this as a equality issue, since men dont naturally get pregnant in the world of 2 genders, yet, work it as finding a viable solution for employers to breach the 9- 12 month absence of quality workers with solutions to benefit both sides of the equation, instead of punishing one or both.

    Then remember. The media and the worker and the employer who's goal is to create strife, will still try to do it.

    Fix that.

    I have seen more success from this approach than ever will be achieved by more government meddling or restrictive law toward punishment to one side that hurts both sides.

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