Laws Are Not Enough

Published:December 14, 2022DOI:
      When we were building our family in the 1980s, my medical director granted extended leave for my recovery from pregnancy and birth because it was consistent with permitting the use by employees to care for family. This was after 1978 when the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) became law. The PDA prohibits discrimination based on being pregnant or being able to become pregnant in regard to hiring, firing, promotion, compensation, or other employment benefits. The PDA also requires that an employer must hold a job open for the same amount of time a position would be held open for a person who is on leave for a sickness or disability.
      American Association of University Women (AAUW)
      7 Things to Know About Pregnancy Discrimination. March 27, 2020.
      The Family and Medical Leave Act that would also have supported my postpartum leave was not passed until 1993.
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      Section Editor Denise Link, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, is a clinical professor emerita at Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Phoenix, AZ. She can be reached at [email protected]