I am so shocked about US policies. There are not real laws and/or protections for pregnant people in this country. A lot of females hide their pregnancies due to fear of getting fired, targeted, demoted, etc. from their jobs. The “power” has been given to the states to decide if companies should have any concecuenses for discriminating a pregnant people. 80% of companies in the US do not offer and paid time for the mother to recover after giving birth.
My state requires “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant people. That term is so vague that the “accommodation” could be that they give you less work, to then fire you. If the requested accommodations are a burden for the company, they can deny them. Pregnant person get fired and they need to proof that it was unfair due to pregnancy to get any out of it, or to get the company have any consequences.
US has a Family medical leave act, that discusses 12 week of UNPAID leave for any reason, including maternity leave. That is just ridiculous. Also, the FMLA does not apply to all companies, the companies need to be big enough to be required to do this.
It just incredible for me to believe that even 3rd word countries like Colombia or Peru have better laws regarding this.