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What Is Pregnancy Discrimination?

By January 29, 2013

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The first time I was pregnant, I'd worked at the company just under a year when I told my boss I was expecting. It was definitely a bombshell she wasn't expecting, and naturally I was worried about pregnancy discrimination or some kind of fall out.

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Of course, I knew my rights -- by the time I went on maternity leave I was eligible for 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. However, even subtle pregnancy discrimination can really hurt your career: being passed over for good assignments or raises. Fortunately, I never experienced any negative consequences for starting a family.

Have you? Have you wondered if your pregnancy or child birth set your career back? The first step is to understand what pregnancy discrimination is -- and how to spot it. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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