Elizabeth Warren tweeted on Tuesday about getting fired from a job in 1971 when she was six months pregnant. It inspired me to share my own story.
A supervisor once told me that it would be “hard” to climb in a company and also have a baby.
Lawsuits involving women who need accommodations at work while pregnant increased by 315% from 2006 to 2016, according to a report released by the Center for WorkLife Law, a nonprofit research group.
Visit Insider.com’s homepage for more stories.
The first time I was explicitly warned that having children could jeopardize my career, I could barely think.
My annual review was coming up, and I had been repeatedly told how well I was doing. My manager had hinted at a substantive promotion for some time. A superior asked me to grab coffee and I assumed it would be to discuss all the exciting things the company had in store for me.
“I’m sure you’ll be wanting to start a family soon — you’re at that age and time in your life,” he said. “It’s going to be hard to do that and do the kinds of things we’re talking about you doing here. We really need to make sure someone can be committed if we’re talking about moving up.”
Read more: Elizabeth Warren got fired when she was 6 months pregnant, and moms around the US say the scenario is maddeningly familiar
I never thought pregnancy discrimination would happen to me
My palms were suddenly sweaty. My feet felt shaky, even though I was sitting. I nodded a lot. I immediately started wondering if I had misheard him. By the end of the day, I knew I hadn’t. And I knew that I needed to start looking for a new job.
I thought of this painful experience after Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren shared her story of pregnancy discrimination on Tuesday. She tweeted a story she has been telling for some time: When she was 22 years old, six months pregnant and working as a speech pathologist at a public school in Riverdale, New Jersey, she said the principal gave her job to someone else.
Some news outlets have questioned the veracity of Warren’s account, because according to official records, she resigned from the position. The senator also wasn’t always so open about these specific details of her time working in the …read more
Source:: Business Insider