The Philadelphia Inquirer is "reporting" today that pregnancy discrimination in the workplace still persists.
The absurdity of pregnancy discrimination is difficult to fathom when examined from a higher altitude.
The demands that are placed on mothers --- by us as children --- and by spouses, are the kinds of demands that would humble most men. And lets not even talk about childbirth itself. Many men behave as though they are dying and incapacitated when simply suffering from the common cold, while many women are still handling full-time childcare, familycare, and homecare demands (all while battling a 102 degree fever).
So it's difficult to understand in the abstract why an employer can have one attitude regarding his own mother or spouse, but an altogether different attitude about that employee who had the unmitigated gall to get pregnant. It would make George Orwell smile.
There are instances when money damages may not be enough. The Plaintiff should be permitted also to give the Defendant a smack upside the head. Kudos to the Plaintiff's counsel here, and shame on the employer.