Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2005 19:46:36 EST
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From: Jim Kaufman <Labsafe**At_Symbol_Here**AOL.COM>
Subject: Re: Pregnancy and the Laboratory
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A recent LSI feature editorial in "Speaking of Safety" dealt with this 
issue.=A0 One of the key points is that the Supremes (Court not singers) hav
e ruled.=A0 
In the Johnson Controls case, the US Supreme Court decided it was the 
employers responsibility to protect both the mother and the unborn child by 
creating a 
workplace that is safe for both and discriminates against neither.

Here's the citation:

This is one of the reasons why NAOSMM and other Professional Organizations 
need an active EHS committee to have a clear organizational statement on thi

Regards, ... Jim

In a message dated 11/12/2005 1:01:35 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
naosmm-request**At_Symbol_Here** writes:

> Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 14:05:57 -0600
> From: "Stratmann, Shawn W" 
> Subject: [NAOSMM] Pregnancy policy
> To: 
> We have just established a pregnancy policy that no one can work in the
> lab if she is pregnant due to the exposure to volatile chemicals. With
> this I have already had one adjunct state that this is discrimination to
> women and if she was pregnant she would sue. We look at it as protecting
> the mother and unborn child but she did not see it that way and claims
> that no other institution that she has worked at or knows of has such a
> policy. I know there is such a policy in industrial labs but I was
> wondering just how educational institutions deal with pregnant women?
> Shawn W. Stratman
> Laboratory Associate
> McKendree College

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