Laid Off and Pregnant

stick_people_familyThe Wall Street Journal recently posted an entry on its blog “The Juggle,” entitled Laid Off . . . And Pregnant,” describing the position of tens of thousands of pregnant women laid off in the current economy. As noted by the article, pregnant women are just as subject to any one else to being laid off for economic reasons, as long as they are not specifically targeted based on their pregnancy or assumptions about their future commitment to the job as new mothers. Continue reading

Work-Life Balance Issues At Risk in the New Economy?

clip_image002_3Work-life issues have taken center stage in the first month of the country’s new administration. President Obama’s campaign platform included a specific “Plan to Support Working Families and Women,” and just a few weeks ago Michelle Obama appointed Jocelyn Frye, general counsel of the National Partnership for Woman and Families, as her Policy Director. Continue reading

The Maternal Profiling Debate Continues

Employment discrimination against pregnant women and moms is on the rise.  Or so says the author of an article in this month’s Delaware Today magazine.

The number of single mothers has increased dramatically over the last three decades, rising from 3m in 1970 to 10m in 2003.  And, according to a Cornell study cited in the article, a woman with children is 44% less likely to be hired than a non-mother with the same resume, experience, and qualifications.  Mothers who were hired were offered, on average, $11,000 less than non-mothers. Continue reading

New Study on Trends in Pregnancy-Discrimination Lawsuits

Pregnancy discrimination complaints have been on the rise for a very long time.  In 2007, working women in the United States filed 65 percent more complaints of pregnancy discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) than they filed in 1992.  A new study analyzing pregnancy discrimination claims (pdf) was released today by the National Partnership for Women & Families at a symposium to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), enacted on October 31, 1978. Continue reading

Another Private School Sued by EEOC, this time for Pregnancy Discrimination

Pregnancy discrimination is the wrong being alleged by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), against not-for-profit company, Imagine Schools, Inc., which is one of the largest operators of charter and private schools in the country.  The company, based in Virginia, is alleged to failed to hire two women for administrative positions at the Renaissance Academy in Kansas City, Missouri, because they wee pregnant.  The Renaissance Academy was the rebirth of Southwest Charter School in Kansas City, which had lost its charter.  Both women worked at Southwest prior to its closing.  Continue reading

Disrespectful Workplace Costs State $314k

eeoc_3Workplace bullying is not unlawful. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), is not stopped by that, though.  It has entered into a consent decree with the State of Oregon, ending a lawsuit involving workplace bullying.  The case, filed by the EEOC on behalf of Sheri Peters, a former juvenile court clerk, was filed under federal employment laws but, at its core, alleged egregious workplace bullying. Continue reading

Job Qualification of the Week: Suck In Your [Pregnant] Belly

eeoc_3A pregnancy-discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), against a Pittsburgh-area plastic-surgery office has settled  The parties entered into a consent decree, which provides, in part, for payment of $75,000 to Erin Griggle, a former secretary at Premier Plastic Surgery, located in Cranberry, Pennsylvania. Continue reading