Planned Parenthood Accused of Discriminating Against Pregnant Employees

Even organizations that define themselves as champions of women are struggling with the problem.

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Planned Parenthood is accused of discriminating against pregnant women. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Planned Parenthood has been accused by pregnant employees of sidelining, ousting or otherwise handicapping them in their professional roles.

A scathing series of interviews conducted by The New York Times found that the company that proudly touts itself as a champion of women is allegedly treating pregnant workers in the same way many other large corporations in the U.S. do.

Armed with legal documents, those making accusations against the women’s organization claim that managers violated federal or state laws by considering pregnancy in hiring decisions, for example, or denying rest breaks recommended by a doctor, the Times reported.

Some employees who work in PP offices in California, Texas, North Carolina and New York said that they were deliberately pushed out of their jobs by their managers soon after announcing their pregnancies.

The organization said it was investigating the allegations of pregnancy discrimination in response to the article’s claims.

“I believe we must do better than we are now,” Leana Wen, the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. “It’s our obligation to do better, for our staff, for their families and for our patients.”

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