Unfortunately, pregnancy discrimination
continues to be an issue in the workplace. An employee can be fired while they are pregnant – but the cause of termination cannot be the pregnancy. The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission reports that discrimination against pregnant employees is far too common, making it a major concern. AVancouverSun article, “Discrimination Due to Pregnancy Flagged,” by Angela Hall refers back to the results of the Commission’s annual report, which states:
One in 10 complaints filed with the commission come from women saying they were denied employment because they were pregnant, had their employment terminated when they applied for maternity leave, or were not allowed to return to work after a maternity leave, according to the 2011 report.
In the article, Hall writes that many of the cases stem from employees being told not to return to work once their maternity leave is up.