Pregnant Worker: This Is How Walmart Treated Me

Candis Riggins has a new baby. But, since she got fired from Walmart, she no longer has her job or her house. In March, Walmart quietly changed its policy for accommodating pregnant workers so that they were covered by its existing disability protections. The change came after the Respect the Bump campaign from Cynthia Murray and Mary Watkines, who withdrew a shareholder proposal they had submitted after the policy change. In its new policy, the company said pregnant workers may be eligible for a “reasonable accommodation” if they have “a temporary disability caused by pregnancy.” But at the time, advocates warned that the language was vague enough that some pregnant workers could still be denied a simple accommodation at Walmart. A healthy pregnancy that requires a change in duties, such as less heavy lifting, may not be covered by the change, for instance.

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