I was shocked to read that because of a gap between laws protecting persons with disabilities and laws protecting women against discrimination, American women often don’t have legal protection against being fired because they’re pregnant.
According to the NYT, “the Americans With Disabilities Act requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled employees (including most employees with medical complications arising from pregnancies) who need them to do their jobs. But because pregnancy itself is not considered a disability, employers are not obligated to accommodate most pregnant workers in any way. As a result, thousands of pregnant women are pushed out of jobs that they are perfectly capable of performing — either put on unpaid leave or simply fired — when they request an accommodation to help maintain a healthy pregnancy.”
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