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Pregnancy discrimination is on the rise May 21, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, David Grinberg, Discriminate, Discrimination, Elaina Smiley, Family and Medical Leave Act, pregnancy, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, pregnancy discrimination complaints.
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By Eve Tahmincioglu

I think I should set the record straight about something quite a few readers ask about: Pregnancy discrimination is indeed illegal.

You hear that, employers out there?

You cannot refuse to hire a woman because she is pregnant. You cannot fire her because she is pregnant. You cannot demote her or dock her pay because she is pregnant. Even if you ask a woman about her child-rearing plans, and don’t do the same of your male job applicants or employees, that’s a no-no.

Seems pretty basic. Alas, not to everyone.

Despite the fact that we supposedly live in a society that is becoming more understanding, and corporate America tells us more supportive, of work-life balance, the number of pregnancy discrimination complaints across the country is actually on the rise, big time.

“The increase in pregnancy discrimination charge filings and lawsuits is cause for concern,” says David Grinberg, a spokesman for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Such charges filed with the EEOC, state and local agencies jumped nearly 19 percent to a record 4,901 last year, from 3,977 in 1997.

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