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Mothers face discrimination in the medical field

In a study published in 2017 in JAMA, roughly one-third of physicians who are mothers say that they face discrimination at work. This is despite the fact that being a doctor is one of the most prestigious jobs that New York and other workers can hold. The research looked at 947 responses to a survey posted in a Facebook group in 2016. Among the issues that the participants cited included a lack of support while pregnant and less pay compared to their colleagues.

They also said that there were fewer opportunities for advancement. In some cases, this was because they were not selected to participate in events that could have help advance their careers. Discrimination in the health care field can result in lower levels of patient care. In general, patients treated by women have lower readmission rates compared to those treated by men.

However, those who act differently because a doctor happens to be a female may inadvertently cause negative outcomes for patients. The doctors themselves may feel as if they are not valued or experience burnout. There are steps that may be taken to overcome such discrimination. For instance, programs can be put in place to provide childcare or to allow mothers to take additional maternity leave. Fellow doctors can help by treating mothers and parents as equals in the workplace.

Those who feel as if they have experienced discrimination in the workplace may benefit from speaking with an attorney. Discrimination may occur if a person is paid less for equal work based on gender or is subject to policies that don't apply to everyone. An attorney might be able to review a case to determine if an employer's actions have met the requirements for discrimination or retaliation. If so, an employee may be entitled to compensation.

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