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Fired for being pregnant?

New Hdhdn12
Feb 1

I work at a startup where this just happened two weeks ago. Does anyone else have experience with this? This is highly concerning / infuriating.

https://apple.news/Anbc5iCIjRI-lcbI0vNb4CA

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  • Amazon MrBob
    This shouldn’t be discrimination.
    Feb 17
    • Pinterest / EngwRxB02
      Uh??? How is this NOT discrimination?
      Feb 1
    • Amazon MrBob
      I didn’t say it wasn’t, I said it shouldn’t be.

      It shouldn’t be because having children is not a right, it (should be) a choice. If I hire someone to do a job and they can no longer do it (especially because of something they chose to do), I should have the right to find someone who can actually do the job. I should try and find that person more suitable work, but if that doesn’t exist, then I should be able to let them go.
      Feb 1
    • New / Other
      Calnadian

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      Help me understand. Do you think it’s our choice that women are the ones to bear children? How would humanity procreate if not for us? If we don’t ‘choose’ to have children, then what happens with the next gen?
      Heck if I could choose, I sure wish it was men that’s designed to carry 30lb of weight for 9mo.
      Feb 1
    • Amazon MrBob
      @calnadian, your comment isn’t relevant to anything I said.
      Feb 1
    • Facebook fSUIYm
      @MrBob wow... You have a right to take maternity leave.
      Feb 1
    • Amazon 9dmmO5
      Can't believe someone said it shouldn't be discrimination. Expecting mothers protected from harassment on the basis of pregnancy and IT IS considered sex discrimination if you fire someone b/c she is pregnant.
      Feb 1
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      @MrBob has a right to his (uninformed) opinions.

      He/she/it doesn’t make laws. Which is great.

      Good thing the US has laws on the books against this. Regardless where you stand it’s violating black letter law.

      People should be better informed of their rights and able to document a clear line of how those rights were violated.
      Feb 3
  • New / Engsha512
    Companies like this must be sued to their ass. That’s why I don’t shop at Walmart :D
    Feb 10
  • Microsoft
    Sisosig?

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    I know someone that was contractor at Microsoft and got pregnant (not expected) when she started working. She had to tell her manager, a pm, and was told that she couldn’t continue working if she was pregnant. She wasn’t aware this was discrimination at the moment and just left.
    Feb 11
  • Lyft / EngLadyDev
    This fucking outrageous. There may have been some unethical shit that was uncovered about my company last week, but they would never do something so callous as this. What startup do you work for? Out them. They deserve it.
    Feb 10
  • If they can’t work, let someone else that can have a job. I don’t want to carry the load
    Feb 12
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      Then you mother shouldn’t have carried the load (you), either. I mean, to be fair, no?
      Feb 27
    • PayPal Main
      This ☝️
      Aug 6
  • Slack / EngQATu63
    Whether you feel comfortable revealing the company name on here or not, please report this company to the EEOC.
    Feb 20
  • New / Other
    Calnadian

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    Can you share more about what happened exactly at your startup? This is ridiculous. I’m very unhappy at my current position so I’ve been looking for a new job while at the same time trying to get pregnant. This is disheartening
    Feb 10
  • Sephora / EngglAW30
    This breaks my heart, but doesn’t surprise me, sadly.
    Feb 10
  • Lyft IMhk83
    I know for someone put on PIP after announcing being pregnant. (Not at my current company).
    Feb 260
  • Zoosk / EngConcast
    What’s the startup?
    Feb 10

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