We have previously written about the challenges women face as they try to start a family while maintaining momentum in their career. Compared to other nations with similar economic prosperity, America’s policies and laws governing family leave are anything but progressive. Paid family/maternity leave is quite rare, and even unpaid leave often makes women worry about losing their jobs or being demoted.
Making things worse is the fact that laws prohibiting pregnancy discrimination are not uniformly interpreted or enforced. Problems are most likely to occur when pregnancy discrimination laws overlap with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under the ADA, employers may not discriminate against a female employee for certain disabilities related to pregnancy. Included in the list of protected pregnancy-related disabilities is postpartum depression.