My Personal Experience with Pregnancy Discrimination Essay

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Pregnancy discrimination in the work place is alive and well in the 21st Century. There has been an increase in the need for laws protecting the rights of pregnant women. Due to disparate treatment of pregnant women, laws have been established to protect their employment rights. Although laws are in place to prevent such discrimination, it has not eliminated the problem of employers discriminating against pregnant women.

What is Pregnancy Discrimination?

Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Women affected by pregnancy or related conditions must be treated in the same manner as other applicants or
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Historical Background

At the turn of the century, there were absolutely no workplace laws. They were prohibited because the Supreme Court ruled that the government should not be allowed to dictate to private employers how their workplace should be run. The one exception the Courts allowed was the laws that protected women. According to Patti Paniccia, author of Work Smarts for Women: "The Court allowed these laws because it believed that the government had a stake in the offspring that women bore-an interest in preserving 'the strength and vigor of the race.' Concern for offspring has been a traditional grounds for discrimination against women. It has prompted protectionist laws that prevented pregnant women from earning a living." 2 In Jack Raisner's book, "Pregnancy Discrimination and Parental Leave Handbook", he indicates that the first ruling of discrimination heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, Chief Justice Warren Burger, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, signaled a hands off approach in dealing

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