After hearing frightening news at her first ultrasound appointment, she took matters into her own hands.
Grady provides support services to foster families in the Cleveland area.
It’s a role she describes as stressful and exhausting but rewarding.
The NWLC has teamed up with the organization A Better Balance to capture stories on pregnancy discrimination, Martin says.
"These are stories of pregnant women who needed temporary accommodation at work but were pushed to take unpaid leave or quit their job altogether when an easy accommodation would have sufficed," explains Martin, who co-authored the June 2013 report .
"In too many workplaces, the culture seems to be automatic rejection of pregnancy accommodation requests."Pregnancy accommodation rights in the workplace are covered by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA).
The ADAAA, which broadened the definition of "disability" under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to include more temporary, less severe conditions, has had the biggest impact on pregnancy accommodation.
"While Congress didn’t specify pregnancy-related conditions in the amendments, they became covered by virtue of the expanded definition," says Brian Mc Dermott, a partner at the law firm Ogletree Deakins in Indianapolis.
"Because more conditions are now covered, plaintiffs’ lawyers are more optimistic about their chances of winning pregnancy discrimination cases—and thus more claims are filed."In fiscal year 2011, the U. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 5,797 charges of discrimination alleging pregnancy discrimination, up from 4,901 in 2006.
Discrimination happens in all sectors, but accommodation seems more of an issue in service industries.
One-third of pregnancy discrimination claims—more than 15,200 cases—filed between 19 were in education, health care, leisure and hospitality, and other services, reports the National Partnership for Women & Families.
By the end of October, the stress was enough for Grady’s doctor to write a note to her employer recommending that she limit her hours to eight each day.