Union demands fair treatment for female transit employees after worker loses baby

New York City transit workers claim they are fed up with the conditions they say female employees are put under.

News 12 Staff

Jun 29, 2020, 10:51 PM

Updated 1,420 days ago

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New York City transit workers claim they are fed up with the conditions they say female employees are put under. 
A group gathered at Transport Workers Union Local 100 headquarters for a meeting on Monday. 
Union officials say an employee who was six months pregnant was working at the MTA East New York yard Saturday when she went into early labor and unfortunately lost the baby. 
Just days before, union members say the 30-year-old woman asked for special accommodations. At the time, they say she was working the switches - something fellow workers say can be grueling and physically demanding. 
Union members say this is not a rare occurrence. They claim there have been many times where female employees were treated poorly for simply being pregnant. 
Some of the issues include only two weeks of maternity leave and failing to provide light-duty positions. 
Now, they are demanding actions by the MTA. 
The union tells News 12 there are three pending lawsuits regarding the failure to provide reasonable accommodations. 
At the union’s request, management is granting two weeks paid maternity leave to the worker. News 12 reached out to the MTA for a statement and has not heard back yet.


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