Testimony of V&A’s Alanna Sakovits Cited in New York City Commission of Human Rights Report on Pregnancy and Caregiver Discrimination

By Alanna Sakovits

“An attorney representing victims of pregnancy discrimination recommended amending the City Human Rights Law to create a rebuttable presumption of discrimination by employers who terminate pregnant workers during a then-known pregnancy. Such an amendment would not only expedite pregnancy discrimination cases, but also provide additional protections for pregnant workers. Moreover, once a case is brought, the burden would be on the employer to show that the adverse action did not involve discriminatory animus.”[1]

A full copy of the report can be accessed here:  https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/cchr/downloads/pdf/publications/Pregnancy_Report.pdf.

[1] The New York City Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic at CUNY Law School, Your Rights While Pregnant, Breastfeeding, or Caregiving: A Report on the 2019 Commission Public Hearing on Pregnancy and Caregiver Discrimination, p. 11, https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/cchr/downloads/pdf/publications/Pregnancy_Report.pdf (accessed Oct. 3, 2019)

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