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Cancer victims still experience widespread discrimination at work

A cancer diagnosis is no longer always the end of someone's life -- and certainly not the end of their career. Given the constant breakthroughs in medicine and the way that treatments for cancer are becoming both less difficult to endure and more effective, many cancer victims continue working through their treatment. Others take a brief medical leave, fight off the illness and return to work when they're almost well again.

Pregnant women often face workplace discrimination

It is more common for pregnant women in California and beyond to work outside the home than in generations past. The federal government has dealt with workplace discrimination against pregnancy since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The original act did not include pregnant women in its list of protected individuals, and for almost 15 years women struggled to convince Congress to amend the law. Finally, in 1978, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was enacted to protect women from losing their positions simply because they were expecting.

Female pilots experience workplace discrimination as mothers

In 1973, the first female pilot was hired by a major commercial airline in the United States. Before that time, men flew the planes, and women were flight attendants. While women in California and across the country have been making strides against workplace discrimination, some feel that the airline industry is not keeping up, especially when it comes to new and nursing mothers.

Complaints of workplace discrimination cost pregnant woman's job

Discrimination against a pregnant woman is not uncommon in the workplace. A conductor of a symphony production claims she was fired from her job because she complained about workplace discrimination that occurred during her second pregnancy. The California woman's first pregnancy ended in miscarriage about a year after she began working for the production company. When she became pregnant for the second time, she feels the producers mistreated her.


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