Californians may be interested in a new report that claims pregnant women are often denied accommodations and fired as a result of their pregnancy. The report, co-authored by the National Women's Law Center and A Better Balance, says women who face pregnancy discrimination often work in low-wage jobs, where workers may have to stand for 8-10 hours a day. Pregnant women may need additional breaks, or they may be considered to be a liability to the company.
A Southern California woman claims she was fired from her job at a hospital after taking leave for cancer treatments. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission agrees, finding after a three-year investigation that there is reasonable cause to believe the woman was fired in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The woman is now suing the hospital for cancer discrimination.The woman began working for the hospital, located in Virginia, in 2006. In 2008, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and took leave for a mastectomy and chemotherapy. She says she was demoted after returning to work. She took leave again in 2009 for a second mastectomy. The day before she was due back to work, her supervisor called and fired her, saying she had not completed the necessary paperwork to take leave and had run out of sick days.