Discrimination of Pregnant Workers

Pregnant women face several workplace issues that makes it difficult for them to hold onto their jobs under inequitable conditions. Lawyer Aleecia Murray explains that employers will demote or push women out once they announce their pregnancy. They will do this under the guise of organisational restructure or they will otherwise claim that the woman no longer meets her job requirements.

Other institutional conditions also complicate employment. Professional jobs often require membership of professional associations. If there are no reduced rates for women who have to take maternal leave, this may mean a woman cannot hold onto her membership. This will jeopardise their employment. Otherwise, organisations may reduce the professional development hours required to maintain a professional licence.

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