Pregnancy Discrimination In The Workplace Affects Mother And Baby Health

According to the United States Department of Labor, women make up nearly 50% of the workforce, and 85% of working women will become mothers during their careers. The United States Census Bureau reports that women work longer while pregnant and return to work sooner than ever before after childbirth. Studies show that more needs to be done to remedy the positions of female firefighters, female front line workers or temporarily disabled pregnant women in any position with light duty, alternative assignments, disability leave or unpaid leave. If a woman is temporarily unable to perform her job due to a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth, the employer or other covered entity must treat her in the same way as it treats any other temporarily disabled employee. Yet statistics show that in the last 10 years, more than 50,000 pregnancy discrimination claims were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Fair Employment Practices Agencies in the United States.
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