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Comment #4675233 by John R

John R Jan 19th 2016, 11:10 AM #

Gerard, nonsense I’m afraid (in so far as I could understand your inane ramblings). You can’t use health and safety to justify discrimination against a pregnant woman.

Unless we want the human race to die off we need to be practical and accept that women have babies (thank goodness) and find a way to accommodate this basic reality in our workplaces. There may be women who make employer’s lives very difficult at times by taking repeat maternity leave but this is usually only a phase in a woman’s life and it passes like everything else. Making a pregnant woman more stressed by treating her in this fashion is neanderthal.

Women are now very well educated, occupy more and more senior positions and represent an increasingly large proportion of the workforce. This is not going to change. Pregnancy is normal. We need to factor this simple reality into workforce planning. Most working mothers I know are highly organised and work focussed and balance competing demands very well. We should find ways to accommodate this reality for parents (especially in the early years of a child’s life) as this makes them more productive and happy employees. Thankfully, good employers do.

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€47,000 payout for woman who was discriminated against because she was pregnant

€47,000 payout for woman who was discriminated against because she was pregnant

An Equality Tribunal found that the woman had been discriminated against on grounds of her gender and family situation by her employer, the National Cancer Registry Board.

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    Jan 19th 2016, 11:10 AM

    Gerard, nonsense I’m afraid (in so far as I could understand your inane ramblings). You can’t use health and safety to justify discrimination against a pregnant woman.

    Unless we want the human race to die off we need to be practical and accept that women have babies (thank goodness) and find a way to accommodate this basic reality in our workplaces. There may be women who make employer’s lives very difficult at times by taking repeat maternity leave but this is usually only a phase in a woman’s life and it passes like everything else. Making a pregnant woman more stressed by treating her in this fashion is neanderthal.

    Women are now very well educated, occupy more and more senior positions and represent an increasingly large proportion of the workforce. This is not going to change. Pregnancy is normal. We need to factor this simple reality into workforce planning. Most working mothers I know are highly organised and work focussed and balance competing demands very well. We should find ways to accommodate this reality for parents (especially in the early years of a child’s life) as this makes them more productive and happy employees. Thankfully, good employers do.

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    Jan 19th 2016, 10:57 PM

    I was being very cynical ,with the way judges throw other people hard earned money at platiffs, also at health and safety for getting over zealous with all their regulations, ie would the judge award so much money if it was from his own pocket, 2the day will come ,the way things are going that h&s won’t allow a pregnant woman to work.

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