Planned Parenthood is facing criticism for its treatment of pregnant workers

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By Anna North

The story is bigger than Planned Parenthood. The New York Times uncovered discrimination allegations at other progressive and feminist-leaning organizations as well, including Mehri & Skalet, a law firm that, ironically, is suing Walmart for pregnancy discrimination. The allegations are a reminder of the many battles facing workers who get pregnant in America today.

And in the case of Planned Parenthood, in particular, they’re a reminder that employees at nonprofits are sometimes asked to sacrifice benefits like paid leave in exchange for working for the “greater good,” especially if their jobs involve health care or other services. Employees at such nonprofits face the stereotype that if your job is taking care of other people, “you should be altruistic and the money shouldn’t matter,” Heidi Hartmann, the founder and president of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, told Vox.

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