New NYC law aims to prevent workplace discrimination during pregnancy

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — “Our country is one of the most family unfriendly nations in the entire world,” says Dina Bakst, the founder of the non-profit organization “A Better Balance.”

“Our goal is to keep women healthy and earning a paycheck when they need it most,” Bakst says.

Bakst has authored a new book called “BabyGate” to help educate women about the complexities of pregnancy and work rights. She agreed to meet with PIX11 News less than 48 hours we featured the case of Hope Burgos.

The 25-year-old Bronx native conveyed on Wednesday the excitement of her pregnancy as well as the disappointment she experienced shortly after being hired by Corrado Bread and Pastry. “This was a great opportunity to provide for myself and my unborn child and in the long run I was fired based off the fact that I was pregnant.”

Corrado Bread and Pastry owner Aaron Matalon had this reaction to PIX11 News on Wednesday, “She was pregnant but as a result of her being pregnant she did not come to work a few mornings she was supposed to, she said she was going to the emergency room. She’s throwing up and stuff like that.”

As for Bakst’s reaction to Matalon’s comments? “Yeah this is what is going on in the city. Many employers have not gotten the memo that pregnancy discrimination is illegal.” Which is why she along with Councilman James Vacca helped usher in New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act earlier this year.

“I introduced this bill and the council passed this pregnancy workers fairness act because we’ve had enough of the allegations and we want the discrimination against pregnant women to stop,” Vacca told PIX11 News in the shadows of Corrado Bread and Pastry.