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Africa

Kenya: NHIF – COTU Accused of Inciting Workers
Dave Opiyp, Daily Nation (Kenya), 29 Sep 2010

Kenya: Union Protests Dismissal of Pregnant Women
Lucas Barasa, Daily Nation (Kenya), AllAfrica, 22 Sep 2010

Women in the workplace: New ILO report highlights how action in the world of work can help reduce maternal deaths
International Labour Organization, 16 Oct 2007
Includes example from Burkina Faso.


Americas

Some lenders allegedly deny mortages to women on maternity leave [USA]
Kenneth R. Harney, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jun 2011

Don’t let stereotypes dictate pregnancy policies
HR Specialist, Ohio Employment Law, 7 Nov 2010

Supreme Court rules for employer in pregnancy case [USA]
Tony Mauro, National Law Journal (USA), 18 May 2009

Labour - Mexico: "They First Asked if I Was Pregnant"
Emilio Godoy, Inter Press Service, 5 Mar 2009

At Trial, Lawyer Claims Former Firm Cut Her Salary Over Pregnancy [USA]
Vesselin Mitev, Law.com, 13 Aug 2008

More Women Pursue Claims Of Pregnancy Discrimination
Sue Shellenbarger, Wall Street Journal, 27 Mar 2008

Pregnancy discrimination is on the rise [USA]
Eve Tahmincioglu, MSNBC (USA), 21 May 2007

Pregnancy discrimination in Latin America: the exclusion of "employment discrimination" from the definition of "labor laws" in the Central American Free Trade Agreement
Emily Miyamoto Faber, 2007

Man Sues For Pregnancy Discrimination After He And His Wife Are Laid Off [USA]
Carol Kleiman, Chicago Tribune, 30 Jun 1992


Asia & Pacific

SIA stewardesses have to quit if pregnant [Singapore]
New Paper (Singapore), 17 Sep 2010

Supply chains in China
Economist, 4 Mar 2010
Internal report by Apple shows pregnancy discrimination at supplier factories, violating Apple’s standards. 

Small business wants exemption from pregnancy discrimination laws [Australia]
Ashley Hall, ABC News (Australia), 7 Jul 2010

A woman's dilemma [China]
Beijing Review, 13 Nov 2008
Employers reluctant to hire young women because they may later demand maternity leave, contracts prohibit pregnancy.

'Hire on merit' [Singapore]
Clarissa Oon, Straits Times (Singapore), 2 Sep 2008
Example of hiring based on merit, regardless of pregnancy. 

Gender Discrimination in Employment – How far Does Article 8 of the Federal Constitution guarantee gender equality?
Jashpul Kaur Bhatt, Malaysian Bar, 17 Nov 2005


Europe & Central Asia

You're fired [UK]
Kira Cochrane, Guardian (UK), 23 Apr 2008
Pregnancy discrimination still high in UK.

Executive was told she was 'useless' pregnant [UK]
Telegraph (UK), 8 Jan 2008

Sex discrimination: ECJ rules on sick-pay entitlement in relation to pregnancy-related illness
Legal 500, Nov 2005

Pregnancy discrimination at work: A review
Grace James, University of Reading, Feb 2004
Report includes case studies from UK, Sweden and France.

Women’s rights, the European Court and supranational constitutionalism
Rachel A. Cichowski, 2004


Middle East & North Africa

Qatar School Bans Teachers from Getting Pregnant
Habib Toumi, gulfnews.com, 17 Oct 2010

Study: Pregnant workers first to be laid off during a recession [Israel]
Ruth Eglash, Jerusalem Post, 8 Mar 2009

Women in the workplace: New ILO report highlights how action in the world of work can help reduce maternal deaths
International Labour Organization, 16 Oct 2007
Includes example from Jordan.

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5 March 2009

Labour - Mexico: "They First Asked if I Was Pregnant"

Author: Emilio Godoy, Inter Press Service

When Paulina was interviewed for a job at a local Wal-Mart in the Mexican capital, the first thing she was asked was whether she was pregnant – a question she did not know at the time was illegal...Paulina’s case is an illustration of the persistence...

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13 November 2008

A woman's dilemma [China]

Author: Beijing Review

While the 10th National Women's Congress revealed a cheering 45 percent of China's employed population is female, many women still face discrimination…Employers are reluctant to hire young women largely because they might later demand paid maternity...

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2 September 2008

'Hire on merit' [Singapore]

Author: Clarissa Oon, Straits Times [Singapore]

When Swiss bank UBS wanted to hire a communications director last year, they chose someone who was eight months pregnant...UBS and another family-friendly firm...received the thumbs-up yesterday from NTUC [National Trades Unions Congress] deputy...

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13 August 2008

At Trial, Lawyer Claims Former Firm Cut Her Salary Over Pregnancy [USA]

Author: Vesselin Mitev, Law.com

[Jacquelyn Todaro,] [a]n attorney who quit her job after returning from maternity leave is suing her former law firm [Siegel Fenchel & Peddy] for allegedly cutting her salary while she was pregnant and for creating a "hostile environment."...Maria...

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23 April 2008

You're fired [UK]

Author: Kira Cochrane, Guardian

In 2005, the Equal Opportunities Commission estimated that 30,000 women in the UK are pushed out of their jobs due to pregnancy each year…only 3% of cases [go] to tribunal…[T]he Equalities Review…found that mothers face more discrimination in the...

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27 March 2008

More Women Pursue Claims Of Pregnancy Discrimination [USA]

Author: Sue Shellenbarger, Wall Street Journal [USA]

Pregnancy-bias complaints recorded by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission surged 14% last year to 5,587, up 40% from a decade ago and the biggest annual increase in 13 years...An advocacy group, 9to5, National Association of Working Women,...

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8 January 2008

Executive was told she was 'useless' pregnant [UK]

Author: Telegraph [UK]

A successful sales executive who was told by her boss that she would be "useless" because she was pregnant will receive up to £200,000 in compensation after winning her sex discrimination claim...Mrs Manning, 39, was twice demoted while on maternity...

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16 October 2007

Women in the workplace: New ILO report highlights how action in the world of work can help reduce maternal deaths

Author: International Labour Organization

[T]he importance of paid work in the lives of…women makes maternity protection at work a key to safeguarding the health and economic security of women and their children...[The] new ILO report on Safe Maternity and the World of Work...highlights the...

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21 May 2007

Pregnancy discrimination is on the rise [USA]

Author: Eve Tahmincioglu, MSNBC [USA]

Despite the fact that we supposedly live in a society that is becoming more understanding, and corporate America tells us more supportive, of work-life balance, the number of pregnancy discrimination complaints across the country is actually on the...

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1 January 2007

Pregnancy discrimination in Latin America: the exclusion of "employment discrimination" from the definition of "labor laws" in the Central American Free Trade Agreement

Author: Emily Miyamoto Faber, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law [USA]

This Article will focus principally on the labor provisions in NAFTA and CAFTA...In relation to labor protections, pregnancy discrimination is an issue of growing importance in U.S.-Latin America FTAs. Pregnancy discrimination is considered a form of...

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