Episode 6: Reproductive Discrimination

What it is:

Reproductive discrimination refers to the ways that employers discriminate against employees based on reproductive status. Simply, employers are NOT allowed to discriminate against you based on the fact that:

    • you are pregnant;
    • you were pregnant;
    • you could become pregnant, or intend to become pregnant;
    • you have a medical condition that is related to pregnancy; or
    • you had an abortion, or are considering having an abortion.

How to spot it:

  • There are a number of ways that reproductive discrimination can surface in the workplace. Often, it occurs when an employer finds out an employee is pregnant and passes them over for a promotion or work assignment or forces them to continue doing work that could endanger them or their fetus, or when a pregnant employee is harassed in the workplace.  

Three ways to fight it:

  • Keep a record: If you or someone you work with is experiencing reproductive discrimination, make sure that you keep track of everything that’s said or done. That can mean archiving emails or texts, or keeping a journal of incidents. You can also enlist coworkers to help keep a record of anything they’ve seen or experienced.
  • Talk to your employer: If you’re comfortable doing so, speak to your supervisor to learn more about filing a complaint or other ways you may be able to resolve the issue.
  • File a complaint: You may want to start with filing a complaint directly with your employer. You can also file a complaint about pregnancy discrimination with the EEOC.

Resources:

  • Learn more about reproductive discrimination and how to report it with TIME’S UP’s fact sheet.

 

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