Pregnancy discrimination complaints are rising sharply in this country. A study conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families in 2004 found that pregnancy discrimination complaints filed with the EEOC rose by 39 percent from FY 1992 to FY 2003. This starkly highlights the need for more vigorous enforcement of our nation's anti-discrimination laws. That Justice Department officials, who are charged with enforcing and upholding our nation's laws, think it is acceptable to use pregnancy as a reason to discriminate sends the wrong message to this nation’s employers and concerns us deeply.
We call on the Inspector General to immediately review all U.S. Department of Justice policies and practices to ensure that no employee is penalized for being pregnant or taking parental leave. We urge the Bush Administration to step up EEOC enforcement of anti-discrimination laws of all kinds, so that no worker has to face employment discrimination."
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.