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Planned Parenthood accused of mistreating pregnant workers: report

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Women’s health organization Planned Parenthood is accused of mistreating some of its pregnant workers, according to a report.

The New York Times says he interviewed more than a dozen current and former employees — of regional offices in California, Texas, North Carolina and New York — who said that she was a witness to allegations of pregnancy discrimination.

“It was looked down upon for you to get pregnant,” Carolina Delgado, who worked at the Planned Parenthood Miami office until 2012, told the newspaper. “I do not think that any supervisor had to literally say that it is for us to feel it.”

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Discrimination of pregnant women and young mothers is still a widespread problem in the U.S. workplace, including at Planned Parenthood, the time reported.

“It was looked down upon for you to get pregnant. I do not think that any supervisor had to literally say that it is for us to feel it.”

Carolina Delgado, a former Planned Parenthood employee in Miami

Ta’Lisa Hairston, who worked as a medical assistant in a clinic in White Plains, N. Y., told the newspaper that the managers ignored the comments of her nurse recommends that she take frequent breaks. She said that the managers rarely gave her the time to rest or take time for lunch.

Vincent Russell, the regional chief executive who oversees the office where Hairston worked, denied her accusations.

Tracy Webber, the former director of the medical services in White Plains, sued Planned Parenthood for pregnancy discrimination in 2009, saying she was fired four weeks after giving birth, the time reported. The organization arranged for the unknown terms.

A former human resources manager, who for anonymity, told the newspaper that the managers believed that when a pregnant employee brought in a doctor’s note, it was an excuse to work less, and that those sick days were seen as without commitment.

Leana Wen, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement to the Hill of the organisation has started an internal investigation in the light of the Times report.

“I believe that we must do better than we are today,” Wen said. “It is our obligation to do better, for our employees, for their families and for our patients.”

The organization is also conducting a review to determine the costs of providing paid maternity leave to almost 12,000 employees nationwide, the Times reported.

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Earlier this month, the Supreme court of the V. S. have chosen to stay out of a legal battle about efforts to block Medicaid funding of Planned Parenthood, Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh of casting the decisive vote.

Earlier this year, Cecile Richards stepped down as chairman of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America after serving 12 years.

Richards, the daughter of the late Ann Richards, former Democratic governor of Texas, was an outspoken critic of President Trump, calling his administration “the worst thing is for the woman that I’ve seen in my life,” while stressed that the organisation “non-partisan,” although the political arm never donate to the Republican candidates.

Wen, who succeeded Richards in November, is the first physician to lead the organization in almost 50 years, according to the website of the group. As Baltimore City health commissioner, they called the Trump administration after the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) decided to cut funding of teen pregnancy prevention education. They won the suit, and the program was kept in place.

Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis and Kathleen Joyce contributed to this story.

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