When Pregnant Women Face Workplace Bias

The observation that many women “never file complaints because they can’t afford an attorney, don’t recognize that what happened to them is illegal or fear retaliation” is especially true of mothers in low-wage jobs. And for them, losing a job is much more than a setback.

Letter to Editor (NATIONAL)

Laura Brown
New York Times (NYT)
June 24, 2018

Tags: Employment, Pregnancy, Workers Rights

Organizations mentioned/involved: First Shift Justice Project


As a civil legal aid lawyer, I have represented pregnant women whose employers prohibited them from taking time off for prenatal medical appointments, ridiculed them for taking bathroom breaks and pushed them out of work because of restrictions on lifting. Many of these women assume that they are at fault because they chose to become pregnant.