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Examples of Pregnancy Discrimination

According to The New York Times, pregnancy discrimination is alive and well for women who work at large corporations throughout the United States.

For example, a packer at Walmart who is 30 years old and a single mother was forced to get a note from her doctor so that she could get a break at work for her morning sickness.  After she obtained an additional note that she could not do heavy lifting at work, her supervisor suggested that she apply for unpaid leave because she was a “liability” to the company.

Another woman who was employed by Glencore, one of the world’s largest trading commodities, was told that giving birth to her child would plateau her career.  When she tried to discuss career advancement with her boss, he told her: “You’re old and having babies so there’s nowhere for you to go.”

It is illegal to discriminate against and fire a woman for being pregnant, but some employers try to disguise the discrimination.  They will say they are worried for her safety. But it remains discrimination, and all female employees must be wary if they decide to have children.