Aeroplane wrote:r6_philly wrote:Mattalones wrote:I was having a conversation about this and something good came up: discrimination against mothers of young kids.
Say you are pregnant during an interview or during you SA position. You know how easy it would be for them to no-offer you and just say you did a crappy job!? Very ... They are allowed to discriminate against you for being preggers, they just can't say so. Lawyers at Big firms will just talk their way out of it.
Does the ADA cover pregnancies? If not, what legislation makes it illegal? There was just a case on TV here a couple of months ago where a bartender was laid off for being pregnant. The owner reinstated the girl after bad publicity. I didn't think anyone said it was illegal though. It is not illegal to discriminate by weight or appearance if you can prove that it has negative effect on the job you are expected to perform. Pregnancy is a stretch but maybe it is ok if you can explain it?
Yes - it is illegal to discriminate based on pregnancy.
It is illegal, and law firms know that. However, they are smart enough to just give you some hard assignment and say you couldn't do it, or cite some trivial error, or whatever. The bottom line is that there are a lot of people who will be like, "Oh, we don't want a women with a newborn starting here. She is going to lag in her work." And, it's not like they would fire you ... its just a no-offer. While it is unfortunate, it is still the case that showing up for SA positions late in your pregnancy is a bad idea b/c people will interpret it wrong.
In the case of firing instead of no-offering:
They call it "building a case" on someone. Basically, they set you up to make mistakes, tell you its okay, write down everything wrong you do, and then submit it all to HR ... Boom, you're done!