Pregnant women are individuals with a very specific type of condition, and as such, their needs are different from others. It is not appropriate to discriminate against any woman on the basis of pregnancy. Because this situation involves an unborn baby (and not just the woman), special consideration should be applied.
Pregnant workers do need additional protection from workplace discrimination. Employers try to get rid of such workers during the time when they need money the most.
Because there are so many negative stereotypes about both the mental and physical stability of pregnant women, I do think some people will subconsciously discriminate against them in the workplace, making additional protection necessary.
My own daughter has felt discriminated against even wanting to get pregnant. Other women where she works have warned her that the bosses won't be very happy with her, if she became pregnant at this time, when she has
only been working at her job 7 months. For many women in the USA, if you become pregnant, you still can be looked at as a woman that is not serious about your career, and that having a baby will be a problem too, for your job. It's better than it was when I had my daughter over 20 years ago, but the USA still has a ways to go in accepting pregnant women. I have talked with my daughter a lot on this subject. She would like to start a family now, but feels that, for her career, it would not be a good time. That is not right.
It is a documented fact that women are always trying to break through the glass ceiling. Studies show they significantly earn lower salaries than men, for doing the same work. Since women are already at this disadvantage, it seems only natural to take measures to protect them from further discrimination in the workplace, based on pregnancy. Women should receive extensive maternity leave and accommodations to take care of their children when they return to work. They shouldn't have to fear losing their jobs or pay cuts, because they decide to become mothers.
Pregnant women need more protection from workplace discrimination, because the situation is often abused in the employer's favor. An aviation mechanic, if pregnant can not perform hardly any aspects of her job without serious risk to her child's health. They are often relegated to desk jobs, with reduced hours and pay. Many industries are like this, and women need more protection against pregnancy seriously disrupting their career path due to discrimination.
Discrimination against pregnant workers is obviously problematic and it is a form of discrimination against women. Discrimination against women in the workplace is already prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Legislation that singles out women based on their reproductive capacity tends could be used to exclude women from various career opportunities on the basis of an alleged fragility or presumed competing domestic priorities. In our past public discourse the identification of femaleness with parenting has restricted the liberty of women to decide on their own life and to apply their talents freely in the marketplace and in public life.
Even in the seemingly more progressive modern times, workplaces still discriminate against pregnant workers. Partially fueled by the resentment of the additional health concerns, time off, and extended leave of pregnant workers, many workplaces unduly discriminate against them. Pregnant workers are likely to face a backlash from co-workers and superiors, as well as threats to their job security. Additional protections are still required to make certain that these workers are safe from workplace discrimination.
I think pregnant workers are discriminated against and that's why they need additional protection. Being pregnant is natural and the workplace shouldn't treat you any differently than before. Some employers view pregnancy as a burden to someone's work performance and can make up excuses to fire her.
Pregnant workers in the U. S. and around the world should receive maximum protection against pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. As being pregnant isn't already stressful enough for a woman, she should not have the added stress or burden of worrying about keeping her job during or after pregnancy.
Pregnant workers are already an extreme cost to a business, as their position needs to be filled for their maternity leave. Their job is already protected upon their return from maternity leave, and they are afforded the ability to take family leave after their standard maternity leave. There are presently enough costs to a business, and there should not be any additional demands placed on the them.
Many work places have specific policies and procedures to adhere to when an employee is pregnant. I am sure some of these regulations are required by the government, but I have not heard of many problems in this area. I believe the amount of care they have is sufficient. If I were to hear of many cases where women who were pregnant were not given enough time, then the issue should be addressed. However, as far as I know, this is not really a problem.
Pregnant workers already have several benefits to protect them once they are already hired, paid leave that no other worker can get amongst other things. While there may be some discrimination against hiring a women who is already pregnant, that should be the company's right. They should not be forced to hire, train and pay for a worker from whom they will not be able to get work in the near future.