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Just read a interesting (and depressing) post from Time about pregnancy discrimination. Once again, I’m trying not to call foul and be the victim but come on. As always, there are two sides to every story and no doubt maternity benefits are a weight on employers. But how is it that other countries have figured it out? Read the article here http://healthland.time.com/2012/02/16/pregnant-at-work-why-your-job-could-be-at-risk/
In the article there are some statistics that probably won’t make you feel all warm and cozy. For example…
the number of pregnancy-related discrimination charges have jumped by 35% in the past decade; 1 in 5 discrimination charges leveled by women is associated with pregnancy, according to the EEOC.
So what’s a gal to do? Admittedly, I don’t have an answer – for families or employers, but I will say that it’s something that we’ll need to work through as a country as more and more women enter our workplace and decide that they’d like to stay there while they manage career and home.
Here’s what I’ve decided to do. It’s kind of like saving the starfish one at a time. I’ll do what I can to make a difference. I’ll work my butt off and make a good name for other moms like me who are committed to both work and home. I’ll encourage other women in my life and work to do their absolute best to be a great mom and employee. I’ll blog to help others who are seeking support as they juggle it all. If asked my opinions, I’ll share with the policy makers so as a country we balance the needs of America’s families with the needs of business owners.
What do you think? What can you/we do to help?
P.S. Be sure to follow Bonnie Rochman and her posts at Time and via Twitter at @brochman