Wisconsin employees may be interested to know that, regardless of how old a law is, allegations of discrimination based on pregnancies have continued to persist. When one low-wage woman from South Carolina discovered that she would soon become a mother, she was pushed out of her employment because she was advised against lifting more than 20 lbs, a requirement for the job. While all employers know the law, this form of employee discrimination is thought to be a result of the way that the law has been interpreted.
The advocate argues that women with normal pregnancies usually only require extra bathroom breaks, a stool or being able to keep a water bottle. However, these needs are often denied, especially to low-wage workers.
The legal process has been successful for a few women in keeping their jobs. For example, a Florida hospital recently settled with a woman who lost her job after getting pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel. Unfortunately for the South Carolina woman, an arbitrator decided three years after the fact that her ex-employer was legally allowed to push her out.
Discrimination of any type can have both financially and socially devastating impacts. An experienced Wisconsin discrimination attorney may be able to hold their clients' employers accountable for their discrimination and receive the compensation they deserve.
Source: Minnesota public radio news, "Pushed off the job while pregnant", Jennifer Ludden, June 11, 2013