NewsPregnant Women Left Jobless Due To Layoffs At Tech Companies

Pregnant Women Left Jobless Due To Layoffs At Tech Companies

No specific legal protection supports pregnant or postpartum workers from mass layoffs driven by business necessities.

Amidst widespread tech industry layoffs over the past year, a concerning trend has emerged: pregnant women and those on parental leave among the ranks of the dismissed.

Numerous accounts have surfaced across social media detailing the plight of expectant or postpartum workers impacted by job cuts. However, as Fast Company reported, there are no explicit legal safeguards shielding pregnant or new parent workers from layoffs driven by business necessities.

Employment lawyer Jack Tuckner, who specializes in gender discrimination cases, said he has received calls from impacted workers nationwide.

“I believe that new moms and pregnant women are certainly vulnerable and do get terminated more,” Tuckner said. “But it’s kind of the same analysis as it always is: You [can] be fired when pregnant, just not because you’re pregnant. The bigger problem is when you have a massive layoff of a thousand or more folks, where the positions are being eliminated—how do you prove that sex, pregnancy, and perceived disability was a factor?”

In the absence of federally mandated paid leave, these women have been left to navigate with minimal support from their former employers while caring for newborns or preparing for childbirth, with no job security. Or no job.

Source: Black Enterprise

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