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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.


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,, 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,, 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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22 September 2010

Kenya: Union Protests Dismissal of Pregnant Women

Author: Lucas Barasa, Daily Nation (Kenya), AllAfrica

A union is up in arms over the alleged sacking of 24 women for being pregnant. The Tailors and Textiles Workers Union claimed...the Athi River-based Global EPZ unlawfully dismissed the women on September 16...But Global EPZ human resource manager...

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29 September 2010

NHIF: Cotu accused of inciting workers [Kenya]

Author: Dave Opiyp, Daily Nation (Kenya)

The government has hit out at Kenya workers' body for inciting its membership against paying the new National Hospital Insurance Fund charges. The Central Organisation of Trade Unions Secretary General Francis Atwoli has been told to stop politicising...

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17 October 2010

Qatar school bans teachers from getting pregnant

Author: Habib Toumi, [UAE]

The principal of an Independent School in Qatar has asked teachers not to get pregnant to avoid negative effects on their performance...According to a report in Qatari daily The Peninsula, the principal told the staff that she refused to accept new...

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7 November 2010

Don't let stereotypes dictate pregnancy policies [USA]

Author: HR Specialist, Ohio Employment Law [USA]

Some ideas die hard—such as the belief that pregnant women can’t work in what some consider dangerous or strenuous jobs. If you make assignment decisions based on that mistaken belief instead of real medical information, you could end up in court.....

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12 June 2011

Some lenders allegedly deny mortgages to women on maternity leave [USA]

Author: Kenneth R. Harney, Los Angeles Times

Two…legal actions by federal fair lending regulators suggest that the mortgage industry…may need to address the issue [of discrimination against women who are pregnant or on maternity leave]. In one case, a…physician settled a discrimination complaint...

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