It’s wrong that something as normal and natural as becoming a parent cost me a career that I loved and was good at, and cost me my financial well-being. Starting a family should not come at the price I was forced to pay.
Instead of seeing a therapist, I typed some of my feelings and experiences into Google. That’s when I realized I wasn’t alone. That was how I found about about the Fair Labor Standards Act.
“The women bringing this case today, along with hundreds of others serving in our prisons right now, have been forced to make extremely difficult choices that no man in the same role would ever have to make.”
“My co-workers and I stood up and exposed the terrible conditions at the XPO-Verizon facility in Memphis, including sexual harassment, dangerous heat, pregnancy discrimination and worker abuses. In return, XPO and Verizon are shutting down our facility and cutting our jobs.”
Reports of rampant sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination have spurred investigations into the abuse of women workers who package and ship Verizon’s phones. As their findings come to the fore, advocates are now calling for action.
Federal law allows employers in the U.S. to deny pregnant workers basic accommodations—and effectively force them to choose between their jobs and their pregnancies.
#TimesUp, Verizon—and #TimesUp, XPO.
Pregnant women who work at Walmart allege that they have been unlawfully punished for health-related absences—and face the threat of losing their jobs for seeking out proper medical care.
Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace has been illegal for four decades, but employers still use pregnancy as an excuse to push women out of the workplace, especially in blue-collar jobs. Just ask Amanda Van Fleet.
This article was first published by The Huffington Post Last year, Betzaida Cruz Cardona, a cashier for a large retail chain in Rochester, New York, was told to “stay home and take care of her pregnancy” after she brought in a doctor’s note with a 25-pound lifting restriction. Even though she rarely lifted anything heavier than […]