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Struggles that pregnant women face in the workplace

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2024 | Workplace Discrimination

Preparing for a new baby is an exciting time for pregnant women. Unfortunately, even though there are laws to protect them, pregnant workers can have a hard time because of unfair treatment or discrimination in the workplace.

It is important for expectant mothers to understand the challenges they may face while at work.

Feeling continually uncomfortable

Being pregnant can be physically tough with issues like excessive tiredness and constantly feeling sick. These women may find themselves struggling to perform their duties effectively while facing insensitive remarks or unequal treatment from coworkers or supervisors.

Failing to receive proper accommodations

Even though there are rules saying pregnant workers should get accommodations, many workplaces do not follow them. Pregnant women often need changes to their job tasks or more breaks. Without the right support, they might have to choose between their health and their job.

Worrying about their future at the company

Pregnant women often worry that they will face consequences for speaking up about their rights at work. They might feel scared of missing out on promotions or even losing their job because they are expecting a baby. This fear makes it hard for them to ask for what they need.

Balancing work and doctor visits

Going to doctor appointments while working can be tricky for pregnant women. They might need time off for these visits, but they worry that asking for time off will make them look bad at work. This makes it even harder to balance their job and their health.

Bosses need to listen to pregnant workers and treat them with respect so they can continue to be part of the professional world. When workplaces do not follow labor laws, pregnant women can fall behind other coworkers in their careers.