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Should It Be Illegal to Lay Off Pregnant or Postpartum Women?

Tough times call for tough measures and for some companies that means handing pink slips to even their pregnant and postpartum employees. While it may seem unethical, it's completely legal. A recent New York Times report said:

It may not sound fair, as the national layoff tsunami is swamping even households with new infants, or babies en route. But it is entirely legal to lay off a pregnant woman or a woman on maternity leave — as long as the employer can make the case that she is being let go for a reason unrelated to her pregnancy.

Do you think there should be a law protecting mamas-to-be or new mums?


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