Even 42 years after the enactment of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, companies still mess with women’s lives and careers during pregnancy and after childbirth because employers resent women for “choosing” to bear a child, as the known limitations of pregnancy and maternity leave aren’t profitable to your company.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!—as your company won’t otherwise protect you—they likely don’t even know what their obligations are. You are entitled to job flexibility and work modifications, and a work environment free from sex and pregnancy-based hostility.
Document your pregnancy in writing before you’re “showing,” and put all complaints about poor pregnancy treatment in writing, too. This way you’ll have proof of your pregnancy notification and prior complaints in case your company doubles down on the hostility. It’s all about the pregnancy paper trail.
Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding pregnancy related issues in the workplace. We hope you find this empowering information helpful. Jack & Deborah