9 Completely Nonsensical ‘Reasons’ Pregnant Women Have Been Fired


Pregnant and fired. It’s no secret that getting knocked up in the US of A can cost you your job. Why else are women terrified to tell their employers and cowering behind extremely loose-fitting turtlenecks? You’d rather have half the office think you’re putting on weight than happily announce among all cubicles that you’re pregnant. Might as well erect a big banner across your desk (if you have one) that says “JOB OPENING COMING SOON!”

You’re not even showing and employers have already kindly directed you to the notorious “mommy track.” And while women of a certain privilege can pour themselves an organic smoothie and chat about “work-life balance,” women of other economic shades are just trying to work.

Sure, some ladies get fired for being so brazen as to get with child while working for a religious organization (big no no). But for others who work retail jobs and need to refrain from heavy lifting or maybe can’t pluck as many vegetables with a tummy, getting pregnant is the quickest way to lose their job security.

Federal and state laws maintain that discriminating against pregnant women in the workplace is illegal. But just have a gander at the employers who tried — and the infuriating reasons they gave.

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  • http://twitter.com/marisasaystweet MarisaSays

    Ick! Some of would be funny if they weren’t real reasons used to fire real women. And some are just terrible — fired for not “fixing the problem”?! I especially love “We’re not paying you to pee.” If that were a real cause for firing, I’d be fired from every and any job ever, because I pee like 40x a day. And that’s without a growing fetus pressing down on my bladder.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stina.kolling Stina Wargo Kolling

    Actually, there are a lot of states where legally you don’t need a reason to fire people. Don’t need notice, don’t need writeups, don’t need history… I’m living in one right now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jen-Clark/100000568225513 Jen Clark

    Ugh, I think it’s ridiculous how quick and uncaring companies are when it comes to firing single moms and mothers in general, and then people want to breathe down your neck for having to get foodstamps.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/nikole.summers.7 Nikole Summers

    I was lucky when i was pregnant with my last two I was employed at a hotel as a restaurant server. My employers understood and made sure that I was taken care of while working. But It is sad and most states do have a no-cause termination policy. They don’t need to give you a valid reason unless it’s in your handbook. I always tell people make sure you read that book, cause it can save your job sometimes. Plus lawsuits people, sometimes a simple threat can save your job.

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