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If you’re pregnant or have childcare responsibilities and have recently been terminated, suffered a demotion or some other adverse action by your employer, and are considering whether or not to bring a claim, you should read the mock attorney-client dialogue on pages 39-43 and the chapter entitled “The Life Cycle of a Lawsuit” starting on page 203. The reality is that the road to justice in employment litigation is often hard and long, and the outcome often less satisfying than what plaintiffs usually expect at the outset. This book is candid and thorough in discussing those challenges.
The author’s summaries of federal law in chapters 9 through 15 really shine in their clarity, in large part because of the case studies he uses—many drawn from real lawsuits—to illustrate how these multiple, sometimes overlapping laws work in practice. This book is also strong in explaining steps you should take to gather evidence and preserve your claim if you suspect you’re a victim of illegal discrimination.
In short, “You’re Pregnant? You’re Fired!” is a concise, well-written, expert guide to the law of pregnancy and caregiver discrimination that any victim of employment discrimination, whether female or male, would do well to read, as early in the process as possible.
The book is filled with valuable information, action steps and understanding commentary. This is an essential guide for mother-to-be or a new mom dealing with workplace issues.
You're Pregnant? You're Fired turns difficult legal concepts into understandable information empowering the reader to protect herself and her child. The book shows the way to powerful solutions to complicated problems. Read it and you'll be prepared for the challenges to come.
You’re Pregnant? You’re Fired! is full of practical, nuts-and-bolts tips for protecting your rights and ensuring that you can present the strongest case possible to protect your rights at work or, if it comes to it, in legal proceedings. For example, to document job-seeking efforts post-termination, Tom suggests keeping a journal for which you imagine your reader is a neighbor to whom you need to demonstrate that you are working hard to find a job. A brilliant idea, as it keeps you from putting up your guard or writing in an overly formal way as you document important facts necessary to your potential recovery. I also found the charts in the book particularly useful, especially those that depicted the all-important time limits for bringing claims before specific bodies and the administrative processes required for different types of claims.
One of the other aspects of the book that really struck a chord for me was the empathy with which it was written. Tom conveys a deep understanding for the situations that mothers, fathers and caregivers find themselves as a result of the discrimination they face as well as its aftermath, including the stresses of the legal proceedings themselves and his appreciation for finding the right outcome for you, which might be different from another person’s. He also helps to illuminate lawyers’ investments of time, energy and expense in obtaining favorable outcomes for their clients. For a glimpse into Tom’s personal story and how he is able to bring so much empathy and personal investment to his work, the Epilogue is not to be missed.
Lastly, I absolutely loved that the book addresses discrimination against male caregivers too. I have for many years now believed that discrimination in the workplace against women cannot be fully eradicated until men are as empowered and expected to care for their children and aging parents and use their parental leave or other company policies concerning flexible work as women.