Saturday, November 8, 2008

Employment law: Pregnancy Discrimination Persists

This interesting study comes from Pregnancy Discrimination Persists 30 Years After It's Made Illegal:

"An analysis of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission data from fiscal year 1992 to fiscal year 2007 shows a 65 percent increase in pregnancy discrimination charges, according to a National Partnership for Women and Families study released Wednesday, October 29.

The problem is more acute for racial and ethnic minorities, the study says. From fiscal year 1996 to fiscal year 2005, pregnancy discrimination charges filed by women of color spiked 76 percent.

The survey also reveals that there is no safety in numbers for women. Of the EEOC claims made from 1996 to 2005, 53 percent were from the service, retail and financial services industries, which employ 70 percent of all women."
No good explanation for this outcome offered by the article.