Recently, The New York Times published a report about women who, while working in physically demanding jobs, lost their pregnancies after requests for less-strenuous assignments were denied. The profile is a tragic example of the steep toll levied on women, and particularly women of color, who face economic and social rules that are rigged against them—rules that ultimately prioritize profit over life.
Following The New York Times article and XPO worker Chasisty Bee’s Op-Ed in Ms. Magazine PBS Newshour is the latest national news outlet to expose the horror inside XPO’s Verizon warehouse in Memphis Tenn.
Forty years ago, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act made it illegal for employers to deny a woman a job, a promotion or higher pay because she is pregnant. But a new investigation found cases when workplace conditions put pregnant women at physical risk.
The work at XPO warehouses is carried on the shoulders of black women who are sexually harassed, bullied and discriminated against, and it’s time for us to come forward so their clients fully understand the conditions their products are handled in.
After hours of heavy lifting at her job, Tasha Murrell had a miscarriage. Now, with a new effort to protect pregnant workers forthcoming to her state legislature, Murrell is on a mission to ensure other women don’t face the same ordeal.
In a disturbing new investigation published this weekend, the New YorkTimes spoke to several women who suffered pregnancy losses while working physically demanding jobs.