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21 Tweets That Illustrate the Reality of Pregnancy Discrimination

Proof that you’re not imagining things

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An important part of women’s history is pregnancy discrimination. It wasn’t until the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that empoyers were barred from firing women or refusing to hire them because they were pregnant. 

Of course, we know pregnancy discrimination still happens, albeit subtly. Some examples have included: jobs changing while women are on maternity leave, pregnant women being the first to go in company layoffs, and hiring managers ask probing and illegal questions to find out if prospective hires might need any extended time off in the near future.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Pregnancy, Leave & Short-Term Disability

Pregnancy discrimination is often so under-the-radar that cases are not only hard to prove legally, but they’re also hard for even coworkers to believe. These tweets illustrate just how real pregnancy discrimination was and is in America’s workplaces. (Plus one from abroad—for perspective.)

Read more: 32% of Mothers Have Experienced Workplace Discrimination Because of Parental Status

Plus, one from abroad:

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By Beth Castle

Managing Editor, InHerSight

Beth Castle is on staff at InHerSight, where she writes about workplace rights, diversity and inclusion, allyship, and feminism. Her bylines include Fast Company, Charlotte magazine, The Charlotte Observer, SouthPark magazine, Southbound magazine, and Atlanta magazine. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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