Current and former Planned Parenthood employees say the abortion vendor has mistreated and discriminated against pregnant women and new mothers in the workplace, according to a report in the New York Times.
The report, published Thursday, notes that interviews and legal documents indicate women employees of Planned Parenthood and other feminist organizations have “described discrimination that violated federal or state laws — managers considering pregnancy in hiring decisions, for example, or denying rest breaks recommended by a doctor.”
Some of the discriminatory behavior is described as “more subtle.”
“Many women said they were afraid to announce a pregnancy at work, sensing they would be seen as abandoning their colleagues,” states the report, adding:
[A]t Planned Parenthood, the country’s leading provider of reproductive services, managers in some locations declined to hire pregnant job candidates, refused requests by expecting mothers to take breaks and in some cases pushed them out of their jobs after they gave birth, according to current and former employees in California, Texas, North Carolina and New York.
Former Planned Parenthood employees and union representatives say the discrimination exists against pregnant employees and new mothers, with some employees expressing a disdain by management toward pregnant staff.
The report notes that one current and two former employees of a Miami Planned Parenthood facility said they were fearful of informing management about their pregnancies. In an interview, one reported that some fellow workers would volunteer to managers that they were not planning on becoming pregnant or were gay or single.
“It was looked down upon for you to get pregnant,” said Carolina Delgado, who worked in the Miami office until 2012, according to the Times. “I don’t think that any supervisor had to literally say it for us to feel it.”