“I’m pregnant and my doctor says I should try to drink more water during the day, but my boss says I can’t have a water bottle at my check out lane. Is that legal?” “How much time away from work after my baby is born am I allowed to take without losing my job?”“I had my baby a four weeks ago and I’m supposed to be returning to work in two weeks but I’m not entirely sure if I will be able to take pumping breaks. How do I find out what my rights are in my state?”
These are just some of the questions that MomsRising members have about their rights at work when they’re pregnant, parenting and breastfeeding, and we’ve got answers!
And you don’t even have to leave your couch to get these answers…
Join MomsRising, A Better Balance and the ACLU for an online (you can participate from the comfort of your desk, couch, or wherever works for you!) Q& A session to ask your questions and get answers about your rights at work when it comes to pregnancy, family leave, and breastfeeding! We’re hosting Q & A sessions on two dates!
Simply click on the online experience below that works best for you! We’ll be sure to follow up with you and make sure you have all the info you need to participate!
The second forum will be a livestream on Blab.im on Tuesday, May 10th at 9 p.m. ET. Blab is a fun (free!) live streaming platform that enables a public video chat. Be sure to click “subscribe” to get notified before we go live.
Honestly, it can be confusing to know what your rights are at work. And lots of people need this information, so even if you’re not pregnant, you can hop online with us to get info for friends or family members.
Here’s the lowdown: Even though a number of important advancements have been made in the last 30 years, there are gaps in laws and loopholes in coverage. For example, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act passed over 35 years ago, but pregnant workers can still be fired for needing reasonable accommodations for things like water breaks.
When it comes to needing time away from work to care for a newly arrived child, lots of people think of the 23 year old Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). But the FMLA doesn’t cover everyone, and, while it does include job protection, it is unpaid leave. Only 13% of working people have access to paid family leave via their employers.
The Affordable Care Act is a much newer law, and it has protections for breastfeeding moms that a lot of people are still learning about.
Suffice to say, we’ve got questions! We know you’ve got questions too! So join MomsRising and our partners online to get some of these questions answered and find out more about what you can do to help make pregnancy discrimination, lack of paid leave, and barriers to breastfeeding things of the past!
RSVP now for the online Q& A session that works best for your schedule! It’s BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair/Couch) because you can participate from anywhere!
The second forum will be a livestream on Blab.im on Tuesday, May 10th at 9 p.m. ET. Blab is a live streaming platform that enables a public video chat. Be sure to click subscribe to get notified before we go live.
*** Get a head start on your questions!!! If you have a question that you’d like to have answered, head on over to the Facebook event page and post your questions there. We will try our best to get your questions answered on-air!
See you there!