The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 makes it illegal to fire a woman for being pregnant.
But it still happens.
This according to Reginald Byron, assistant prof of sociology at Southwestern Univ and Vincent Roscigno, prof of sociology at Ohio State.
To get around the law, some employers attack pregnant women as poor performers, or habitually late or some other dodge.
The findings appear in the Feb issue of Gender and Society.
The two profs looked at 70 cases of pregnancy-based discrimination handled by t he Ohio Civil Rights Commission between 1986 and 2003.
--Pregnancy accounted for 40% of gender-related firings.
--Poor performance was given as the reason in 30% of cases.
--Poor attendance and tardiness were excuses in another 15%.
--10% invoked business needs, profit and efficiency.
Soooo...you do the math. In one case, one of three assistant managers was let go after she got pregnant--the company said they needed to cut back to two assistant managers. Then they hired a man as assistant manager.