Author: Sam Bagenstos


Nine to Five and the Development of Pregnancy Discrimination Law

Nine to Five is a terrific book that vividly highlights the continuing contestation over sex discrimination—both over what sex discrimination is and over how prohibitions on sex discrimination should operate.  The book’s unique structure—a collection of columns discussing then-recent events but written for a legally-aware and intellectually-curious audience—gives Nine to Five an immediacy of writing, a depth of scholarship, and an important perspective on the development of legal and social norms over time.

The book contains illuminating discussions of many discrete topics—sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, sex harassment, pay inequities, among others—and I could easily see myself engaging with Joanna’s discussion of any of them.  But, for largely personal reasons, I am drawn to another significant area Joanna treats extensively—pregnancy discrimination. Read More