Discrimination Against Pregnant Women In the Workplace
I just finished watching a segment with Jon Stossel on 20/20 about an hour ago. I wasn't necessarily stunned by the issue of discrimination against pregnant women in the workforce, but what did surprise me was Carrie Lukas, VP of the Independent Women's Forum, who seemed to think that we should be OK with that. Apparently, according to Lukas, pregnant women slack because they may have to see the doctor once a month. Or maybe the pregnant women may need a day off here and there because they don't feel good. Well, at least they are taking time off for a good reason. Which is more than I can say for Moe over there who took a day off due to a nasty hangover.
Come on people, this is ridiculous. If we didn't have pregnant women, then where would we be??? EXTINCT! Companies, men and women alike need to thank pregnant women for going through what they're going through (because believe me, not all pregnancies are zen and beautiful, I know, I've gone through 3 of them).
But I guess all this really is a moot point for me. I'm from Canada after all and here in Canada, women are treated exceptionally well when it comes to pregnancy and parenting. Here, we are entitled to a whole 52 weeks of parental leave and we can split it with our husbands if we want to. On top of all that, you can return to work for just 3 months (to your old job by the way) and get pregnant again and have yet another 52 weeks and still be able to return to your old job. Now that's what I call appreciating the pregnant women. Cheers to Canada, a country who values pregnant women and recognizes their incredible contribution to life!
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