Maternity Discrimination is an ever increasingly important area of the law around the world, affecting both women and men as they juggle parenthood and the workplace. Pregnant Pause provides readers with a better understanding of the issue of maternity discrimination and inequality by looking at the primary role of legislation, and its impact on the court process at both national and international levels for those suffering maternity discrimination. It also discusses the two most important trade agreements of our day - namely the North American Free Trade Agreement and the European Union Treaty - in a historical and compelling analysis of maternity discrimination and employment. By providing a detailed examination of the relationship between maternity issues in the workplace and the law, the book will be an important read for all those concerned with equality.
'Pregnant Pause teaches us that equality in the workforce cannot exist unless pregnant workers are not penalized for producing the next generation. The subtext of the book is that unless society recognizes that reproduction is not just a "her job", but is a "her job" and a "his job" and an "our job", a shared responsibility of everyone, maternity discrimination will continue in the work place.' Laurence Nolan, Howard University School of Law, USA 'This book is a timely examination of the manner in which different legal systems seek to recognize and bring an end to maternity discrimination thus leading to a more equitable society.' Jane Moffatt, The Law Society of Ireland