Babygate (Paperback)

How to Survive Pregnancy and Parenting in the Workplace

By Dina Bakst, Phoebe Taubman, Elizabeth Gedmark

Feminist Press, 9781558618619, 343pp.

Publication Date: August 5, 2014

List Price: 18.95*
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Moms-to-be get tons of advice on strollers, sleep training, and post-baby workouts. What they don't get is straight talk about navigating the workplace during pregnancy and new parenthood - factors that put many women's jobs in jeopardy. That's why Babygate is essential: the first and only guide to supply parents with the tools they need to keep their jobs.

Babygate breaks down the laws on topics across the parenthood spectrum in clear, conversational language, and includes a state-by-state guide so readers know exactly how they're protected (or not) in their hometowns. Best of all, Babygate includes a road map for confronting family-responsibilities discrimination, and a concrete plan for creating a more family-friendly nation.

In Babygate, three legal experts share practical tips, real-life stories from moms and dads, and key legal information to spotlight the protections expecting and new parents have (and don't have) in the workplace. This step-by-step guide covers everything from morning sickness to maternity leave to confronting discrimination on the job. Includes quizzes, charts, checklists, sample letters to employers, and a comprehensive breakdown of individual state laws on pregnancy, parenthood, and the workplace.

About the Author

Dina Bakst, Phoebe Taubman, and Elizabeth Gedmark are attorneys for A Better Balance, a legal center created to advance the rights of pregnant women and caregivers in the American workplace. A Better Balance's legislative advocacy - paired with litigation, research, public education, and technical assistance to state and local advocates - has generated new protections for millions of workers across the country. Dina Bakst, co-president of A Better Balance, cofounded the organization to advance the legal rights of pregnant women and caregivers in the American workplace. Bakst's New York Times op-ed, "Pregnant and Pushed Out of a Job," inspired the introduction of the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. A veteran attorney and advocate dedicated to women's rights and economic justice, Dina lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters. Phoebe Taubman is a senior staff attorney with A Better Balance, where she works to combat discrimination and advance family-friendly public policies at the local, state, and federal level. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son. Elizabeth Gedmark is an attorney with A Better Balance, and dedicates her time to empowering working families. Originally from Kentucky, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband.