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The new Trump Administration will bring change on many fronts, and policy around pregnancy discrimination in the workplace could be one of them. While the discussions around possible federally mandated paid parental leave have got women just about ready to pull the goalie, it’s also worth taking a closer look at what the workplace environment could be like for a working mama-to-be under President Trump.

“There could be some light at the end of the tunnel for parental leave, but for pregnancy, the story is a little bit dimmer,” says Tom Spiggle, an employment attorney and founder of the Spiggle Law Firm, who focuses on workplace discrimination and wrongful termination due to pregnancy and other family care issues.

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Below, Spiggle outlines 3 things you need to know when it comes to pregnancy discrimination under the Trump Administration.

1. It’s not necessarily policy that will change, but priority given to women pursuing pregnancy discrimination cases. Spiggle points out two areas where Trump could make changes that would affect pregnancy discrimination negatively:

  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): Under the Obama Administration, the EEOC has had pregnancy discrimination as one of its priorities in its strategic enforcement plan. That means when the EEOC is screening cases and deciding where to put its resources, it would put a high priority on pregnancy discrimination. “I think we’ll see that evaporate under the Trump Administration, since as with most federal agencies, he’s likely to weaken the EEOC,” says Spiggle. Although the statute will still be there, and women can still pursue it, the EEOC could take on fewer individual pregnancy discrimination cases.
  • The Federal Judiciary: If the EEOC doesn’t take your case because it’s underfunded and overworked, the next step is filing in federal court. But with conservative appointees to federal positions, we’re likely going to see a Federal judiciary that may not favor civil rights causes of action, says Spiggle. They could be more hostile towards discrimination cases, or more likely to kick cases out before they get to a trial. So it’s going to be an uphill climb for women pursuing pregnancy discrimination claims.

Spiggle notes that some states (New York, California, and Maryland are a few) have laws that disallow pregnancy discrimination and enable women to bring claims to state court, which bodes well for working moms-to-be. But, he adds, “It’s a tale of two Americas. Most of these laws are in the blue states, while a lot of the red states don’t have those statutes.”

2. It could take a while for anything to change. Until Trump is in office, we don’t know what his priorities will be, but most suspect that employment issues may be lower down on his list. “I would not be surprised if it’s a year or more before we see a lot of movement -- it won’t be like flipping a switch,” says Spiggle. He speculates that Trump could first turn his attention to overturning recent regulations that greatly expanded the number of people eligible for overtime, which typically help pregnant women and families. But changes to the EEOC or Federal Judiciary won’t be immediate.

3. Brush up on the law, and protect yourself. Pregnancy discrimination happens more than you think, and it’s not always overt. Yes, women do actually get fired during pregnancy or laid off during maternity leave, but there’s also other more subtle forms of discrimination like “benign paternalism,” says Spiggle -- when your boss unilaterally decides that a work challenge is just too much for you in your pregnant state, or scales back on opportunities available to you.

“Most employers want to do the right thing,” and many HR departments have policies in place to protect you, he says, but “companies don’t always have the resources to enforce those policies.” Here are a few tips to help you protect and advocate for yourself during pregnancy:

  1. Do your homework. Know how your state law relates to pregnancy and maternity leave, and read your company’s handbook. Understand what your protections are.
  2. Be proactive about your pregnancy and maternity leave. Have the conversation with your workplace early and give your employer a plan as it relates to your pregnancy and maternity leave.
  3. Be prepared in case you do feel you are being discriminated against. There are so many good organizations that have resources that can help you, including A Better Balance and Work Life Law. Know what to look out for and what steps to take if you experience pregnancy discrimination.

Photography by Amy Frances for Well Rounded.

Our babies come out as beautiful, soft and natural as can be—shouldn't their clothes follow suit?

Here are nine of our favorite organic kids clothing brands that prove safe fabrics + stylish designs are a natural fit.

Estella

A brick and mortar store in Manhattan that opened in 2002, Estella is NYC's go-to shop for luxury baby gifts—from sweet-as-pie organic clothing to eco-friendly toys.

L'ovedbaby

@lovedbaby

We l'oved this collection from the moment we laid eyes on it. (See what we did there 🤣) Free of things harsh added chemicals, dangerous flame retardants, and harmful dyes, this collection is 100% organic and 100% gorgeous. We especially adore their soft, footed rompers, comfy cotton joggers, and newborn-friendly kimono bodysuits.

Looking to stock up? Don't miss Big-Find Thursday every week on their site—a 24-hour flash sale that happens Thursdays at 9 a.m. PST and features a different body style, collection, and discount every week!

Hanna Andersson

@happyhannas

One of our all-time favorite brands for durability, style, + customer service, Hanna Andersson doesn't disappoint in the organic department, either. From an aww-inducing organic baby layette collection all the way to their iconic pajamas, there are so many organic styles to swoon over from this beloved brand. And we swear their pajamas are magic—they seem to grow with your little one, fitting season after season!

Monica + Andy

@monicaandandy

The fabric you first snuggle your baby in matters. Monica + Andy's (gorgeous) collection is designed for moms and babies by moms with babies, and we love it all because it's made of super-soft GOTS-certified organic cotton that's free of chemicals, lead, and phthalates. Newborn pieces feature thoughtful details like fold-over mittens and feet.

Finn + Emma

@finnandemma

"Here boring designs and toxic chemicals are a thing of the past while modern colors, fresh prints and heirloom quality construction are abundant." We couldn't agree more. Made from 100% organic cotton, eco friendly dyes, and in fair trade settings, we love this modern collection's mix of style + sustainability.

We especially love the Basics Collection, an assortment of incredibly soft, beautiful apparel + accessories including bodysuits, zip footies, pants, hats, and bibs, all available in a gender-neutral color palette that can work together to create multiple outfit combinations. The pieces are perfect for monochrome looks or for mixing with prints for a more modern style.

SoftBaby

@littleaddigrey for @softbaby_clothes

You'll come for SoftBaby's organic fabrics, but you'll stay for their adorable assortment of prints. From woodland foxes to urban pugs, there's no limit to their assortment (meaning you'll even be able to find something for the new mama who's hard to shop for). Plus, the name says it all--these suckers are soft. Get ready for some serious cuddle time.

Gap Baby

@gapkids

Organic may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Gap, but this popular brand actually carries a wide variety of organic (and adorable) baby + toddler clothes. From newborn layette basics to toddler sleepwear—and more—there's something for everyone in this collection. Everything is 100% cotton, super soft + cozy, and perfect for eco-conscious mamas.

Winter Water Factory

@winterwaterfactory

Certified organic cotton with Brooklyn-based swagger? Be still our hearts. Winter Water Factory features screen-printed textiles in bold designs you'll want to show off (get ready for some major Instagram likes). And the husband-and-wife co-founders keep sustainability at the forefront of their brand, meaning you can feel good about your purchase--and what you're putting on your baby.

The company makes everything from kids' clothes to crib sheets (all made in the USA). For even more cuteness, pair their signature rompers with a hat or bonnet.

Under the Nile

@underthenile

Under the Nile has been making organic baby clothes since before it was cool. Seriously, they were the first baby clothing company in the USA to be certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. They've kept up that legacy of high standards by growing their Egyptian cotton on a biodynamic farm without the use of pesticides or insecticides, and all of their prints are made with metal-free colors and no chemical finishes.

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