How is pregnancy discrimination still happening?

| Jan 7, 2020 | Employment law

For decades, women have fought for equality in the workplace. It is an ongoing fight even today. Issues including pregnancy discrimination are still occurring, even in the top companies in the country. When a Pennsylvania employer discriminate against you due to your pregnancy or possible pregnancy, it can hold you back and prevent you from reaching your career goals. 

The New York Times explains that pregnancy discrimination is still happening in both private and public businesses. If you are pregnant, you may notice that you do not get a promotion, a bonus or a wage increase like other non-pregnant employees. This is direct discrimination, and it is illegal. 

The law protects you against discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, but despite this there has been an increase in such cases over the past 20 years. The problem is at an all-time high. It is common for women to see a loss of around four percent of their earnings for each child they have, but men see an increase of six percent per child. 

The issue seems to be old stereotypes that the corporate world cannot get past. This includes the thought that women need to devote more time to their children once they have them and therefore cannot focus on their careers. It can halt your professional growth when an employer feels this way. This is also a violation of pregnancy discrimination laws. 

It is difficult to fight discrimination, but it helps other women when you do stand up against it. It shows employers that women will not allow them to hold back women just because they get pregnant.