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Pregnant doctors deal with workplace discrimination

On Behalf of | Dec 26, 2018 | Workplace Discrimination |

Women often experience various challenges in the workplace, sometimes including discrimination because of pregnancy. Despite the fact that doctors are some of the highest earners, female practitioners sometimes face complications due to workplace discrimination simply because they are mothers. In Wisconsin and elsewhere, the mistreatment of women in the workplace is unacceptable in any form and for any reason, and in the medical field, this could impact the quality of patient care. 

A recent survey looked into the problem and examined the various ways that women in the medical field experience mistreatment and all types of discrimination. Female doctors often have to meet expectations and standards that are different from those for their male colleagues. In addition to often making lower salaries, they may also have fewer opportunities for career advancement because they have children.

Female doctors also note that the discrimination they experience at work could have a negative impact on the health of the patients they have in their care. Some note that they have been ignored and discredited while caring for patients, while others say they are made to feel like less-qualified doctors when they choose to be with their children. One way to reduce unfair treatment in the medical field is to implement more measures for gender equality, as well as support for mothers, including longer maternity leave.

When a Wisconsin mother experiences any type of mistreatment while at work, she does not have to endure it in silence. Victims of workplace discrimination have the right to speak out and take action to hold responsible parties accountable. When a women believes she is the victim of pregnancy discrimination or other type of negative treatment, she may first want to speak to an experienced legal professional about her potential legal options.