I came across this today and was taken aback by some of the comments. I don't know the answer, but I do know when I was pregnant, I thankfully had a pretty uneventful term pregnancy, right up until I gave birth and then I developed problems. Those problems did not prevent me from returning to work at the end of my leave. But I have sympathy for woman who have difficult pregnancies and wish there was something that could protect them in the work place.
That said, based on the comments of this article, it only appears a handful of folks feel that way - pregnancy is a choice, therefore it should NOT be covered under disability. I know most pregnancies are a choice, but does that mean a woman can't get a break for a few months? Are they that replaceable in the work force? Do employers think that little of reproduction? Do they not care? What's that about? If men could get pregnant, I can't help but to think this wouldn't even be an argument, they'd be handing out disability checks like there's no tomorrow.
Anyone have any thoughts, maybe I am missing something...
The problem with America is they talk a lot about "family values" but then shet all over families.
Other countries pay when the mom stays home after giving birth, I don't see the big deal....although I think you should have a job if you want to get paid. A job you'll go back to.
But not here...nooo...
I was lucky to have a job that gave 6 weeks paid leave, plus 12 more weeks of unpaid leave (we saved up)...add some holidays/weeks off in there (school vacations), I went back to work when she was almost 6 months.
TG - I know, I've read about some perks in other countries, we are definitely behind the times on that one... I had 12 weeks off, but it was unpaid. We saved up, but I was a month early, so we were off a bit financially. I dreaded hearing the words "bed rest" from my doctor a month before my due date We still had a month of living expenses to save up!
There are places of employment I suppose will work with a pregnant employee, a friend of mine was on bed rest almost her entire pregnancy, they accommodated her need to be home... But others I know are not so fortunate.
You would think that if it was doctor ordered that it would qualify for disability. This is a man's world!
Right? Except the bed rest follows something that is a choice - pregnancy. Ugh... This follows my beliefs on birth control... So many choices and they almost all **** with a woman's sex drive. If it were the men who had to take birth control, you can bet this little side effect of birth control methods would be researched and remedied.
Off topic a bit - But when I was visiting my GYN regularly post pregnancy, I voiced my concern about my drive... The male GYN suggested I could do other things for my husband to please him.... When did I ask my doctor what I could do to please my husband? I didn't, I asked him about MY drive... Not my husbands lack of pleasure. I never brought up the topic with that doctor again lol... My husband really admired my GYN!
Heather Wiseman, a retail sales associate, lost her job because consuming water while working, an activity necessary to maintain a healthy pregnancy, violated store policy.
This is about as far as I got in reading that article. You work in retail sales, and your not allowed to consume liquid while at work... I dont care if your preggo or not thats just stupid! Unless its some posh uptown boutique, in which case Heather is stupid for wanting to work there :P
However, I do feel this isnt a simple case, because it deals with so many gender issues. Personally, I feel that if a woman is pregnant and unable to perform her duties as normal, the company should take all reasonable steps to ensure continued employement. Whether that means she gets a new job, or whatever.
I suffer from chronic illness, and if it werent for programs like this, I would have lost my job a long time ago. This should apply to preggo chicks too!