WAO: Just one in eight women fought pregnancy discrimination

Source: The Malay Mail Online

It is presently not illegal in Malaysia for prospective employers to ask job candidates if they are pregnant or planning to conceive, while such questions are prohibited in the US under PDA. — AFP pic

It is presently not illegal in Malaysia for prospective employers to ask job candidates if they are pregnant or planning to conceive, while such questions are prohibited in the US under PDA. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 ― Lack of awareness caused nearly 90 per cent of pregnant women who faced discrimination at work to lodge formal complaints, according to a Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) survey.

In its “Workplace Discrimination Survey” that polled 222 women, the group said many who were dismissed or overlooked for promotions due to pregnancy did not speak out as they did not know their rights or feared reprisals.

“A woman should be free to choose if and when to have children. She should not have to fear losing her job because she has a baby,” said Sumitra Visvanathan, executive director of WAO. Read more