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Pregnancy discrimination an issue before women enter workforce

Being the victim of discrimination on the job can be devastating for any person. Not only can such mistreatment jeopardize your career and your financial stability, it can also make you feel helpless, frustrated and alone.

Imagine feeling this same type of discrimination before you even enter the workforce. You can feel even more confused about what -- if any -- rights you have to protect yourself. This is unfortunately an issue facing female graduate students across the country. While the discrimination they are experiencing is happening at school and not in an office, it could very well prove to be detrimental to their future careers.

According to this recent Slate article, too many pregnant graduate students are being subjected to unfair treatment in their roles. There have been reports of pregnant women being moved off certain projects into lower-profile jobs or having their requests for leave denied.

This type of discrimination doesn't just affect individual victims; it has evidently contributed to the troubling trend of women being less likely to secure tenure jobs in the fields of science. 

Not only is discrimination against pregnant women incredibly frustrating and disappointing, it is also unlawful. Schools are required to comply with Title IX, which is a law that protects the rights of female students. By treating pregnant women differently, the offending schools are violating that student's rights. Further, they are also making decisions that will result in long-term and damaging repercussions for that woman's career after graduation.

If you are a woman who has been the victim of pregnancy discrimination, whether it happened in school or on the job, it can be critical to assess the legal options available. In many cases, there are grounds to file a lawsuit seeking accountability and compensation. For information on if and how this may be possible, you can discuss your rights with an attorney.

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