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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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17 November 2005

Gender Discrimination in Employment - How far Does Article 8 of the Federal Constitution guarantee gender equality? [Malaysia]

Author: Jashpul Kaur Bhatt, Malaysian Bar

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[PDF] Pregnancy discrimination at work: A review

Author: Grace James, University of Reading

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[PDF] Women's rights, the European Court and supranational constitutionalism

Author: Rachel A. Cichowski, Law & Society Review [USA]

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30 June 1992

Man Sues For Pregnancy Discrimination After He And His Wife Are Laid Off [USA]

Author: Carol Kleiman, Chicago Tribune

Expectant fathers - not just expectant mothers - have the right to sue for pregnancy discrimination, according to a federal District Court in Virginia...Nicol and his wife, Jody, were vice presidents of Imagematrix Inc., a computer graphics and arts...

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