Friday, August 22, 2008

Discrimination includes infertility treatments

In the recent court decision reported in the Wall Street Journal, infertility treatments are regarded the same as pregnancy in terms of protecting women under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Although this is only true in 3 states so far, (Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin) it's definitely a step in the right direction.

When I came back to work after having my first daughter by IVF, my boss took me aside and said, "If you're planning on having any kids in the next 2 years, we don't want you back." It was a punch in the stomach, but I did get full compensation (it's automatic, if it's within a year after giving birth, here in Israel) and I was able to quickly find another job, but still...

4 comments:

Aurelia said...

OMG, that boss was a pig! Eeek.

Bea said...

Your boss said that? My jaw is dropping. Especially after infertility where plans and reality don't always meet. Imagine those people who can't hold their own in the world as easily?

My jaw is just... dropping.

Bea

Fertilized said...

That really makes me ill!

Sarah said...

WOW! glad it worked out for you though.