It’s “a complicated algorithm of legal, practical and ethical issues, and there’s no one right solution,” wrote Miller.
Jacob Perez of Los Angeles had a reallife example of how keeping a pregnancy quiet affected one department. A job candidate did not disclose she was three months pregnant, Perez wrote. She was offered the job but told her managers that she could not perform any activities that would expose her to chemicals. The overwhelming majority of her responsibilities required being around chemicals, Perez said.
“California employment laws tied our hands, and we were forced to hire an employee who was unable to perform her duties for almost a year because of her maternity leave,” Perez said. “We felt taken advantage of and that she had been deceitful. Our short-staffed department had lost the opportunity to improve the workload for the other employees, and needless to say the bad will she garnered followed her for years with the women in the department being the most critical. So again, honesty is the best policy.”
-- On Wednesday, Feb. 29, I will be moderating The Washington Post’s Behind the Headlines discussion “Peeling Backs the Labels: Black Women in America.” The event will be held on the campus of Howard University in the Armour J. Blackburn University Center, 2397 Sixth Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20059. The program will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. To RSVP, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panelists include Tricia Bent-Goodley, professor at Howard University; Cara V. James, director of the Disparities Policy Project for Kaiser Family Foundation; Rahiel Tesfamariam, founder and editorial director of UrbanCusp.com and Washington Post staff writer Krissah Thompson.
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My guests will be Roberta K. Taylor and Dorian Mintzer. They wrote “The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Transitioning to the Second Half of Life.” The book was my February Color of Money Book Club selection.
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