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Are these subtle signs of pregnancy discrimination?

On Behalf of | Dec 30, 2019 | workplace discrimination |

These days, expecting moms in Pennsylvania often choose to continue working. But pregnant women face discrimination in the workplace every day. Today, we will take a look at some potential signs that may indicate you are a target of discrimination.

Parents takes a look at some signs of pregnancy discrimination. The first thing they do is remind that pregnancy discrimination is often subtle and hard to spot. Many acts of discrimination look similar to people attempting not to overburden you during a stressful time in your life. For example, have you noticed that you are not getting invited to as many workplace bonding activities? This may be out of thoughtfulness for your exhaustion or for being unable to drink. However, it may be an underhanded way of separating you from the workplace community.

Other signs of pregnancy discrimination are subtle in a similar way. Many involve letting conversations about promotions, raises or benefits die off quietly. If you notice that your schedule is looking clear lately, this may also be a sign. Separating a pregnant woman from the rest of the workplace is a common tactic. This often makes women feel overwhelmed and under-supported, which can lead to them quitting.

On rarer occasions, more straightforward or noticeable methods of discrimination can occur. For example, have you noticed superiors calling you out more often lately? Do they single you out for mistakes that multiple people have made? Do they criticize your work more harshly than others, including your own past work? These signs may be innocuous, but you should not ignore the possibility that it means something more.