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Top 5 Cities for Women Who are Working and Pregnant: Is Yours on the List?

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Whether you live in a warm, beachy climate or reside among subways and skyscrapers, your hometown may make up one of Tom Spiggle’s top five cities to live in if you’re working and pregnant.

Spiggle is the founder of the Spiggle Law Firm which examines pregnancy and family care discrimination in the workplace. He’s also the author of the soon-to-be-released You’re Pregnant? You’re Fired: Protecting Mothers, Fathers, and Other Caregivers in the Workplace. According to his analysis of local regulations, his ranking is as follows:

1) New York City

2) San Francisco

3) Newark

4) Honolulu

5) Philadelphia

Discrimination against pregnant workers has been a hot topic lately. Maybe you’ve heard horror stories such as these: one woman’s maternity leave will end (that’s right, end) over a month before her baby is due–she has since filed a lawsuit against her company. Other women have been denied health accommodations, as in the case of Heather Myers, whose supervisor did not allow her to keep a water bottle accessible while working during her pregnancy–she, too, sued her employer. Spiggle noted this issue–as quoted in his report, he states, “‘Courts have held that employers don’t have to make minor accommodations at work—like allowing women to carry a water bottle to stay hydrated—to allow pregnant women to keep working. Fortunately, a lot of states and cities are stepping up to fill the gap.’”

Read Spiggle’s full report here, and learn more about maternity and paternity leave so that you’ll be prepared when your time comes!

Back in the office? Here are some tips on how to balance work and breastfeeding.

Balancing Work & Breastfeeding
Balancing Work & Breastfeeding
Balancing Work & Breastfeeding

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The 10 Best Cities to Raise Kids, According to Rent.com

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

In a survey of 1,000 people, Rent.com found 34% of parents are raising their kids in a big city. They cited cultural activities, educational opportunities, and population diversity as reasons for city living. Based on parents’ feedback, Rent.com compiled a list of the 10 best cities in America to raise kids. In no particular order:

  • Portland, OR – Portland’s low crime rate and high graduation stats are two of many factors that draw families to this green city.
  • Dallas, TX Children living in Dallas have endless attractions and learning experiences to take advantage of, from zoos to parks to children’s theater.
  • Columbus, OH – Columbus is an affordable city with some of the top public schools in the country and multiple indoor and outdoor themed parks.
  • Omaha, NE – Great public schools, a low crime rate, a low cost of living, and cultural attractions make Omaha a catch.
  • San Diego, CA  This city boasts great weather year-round and tons of kid-friendly attractions, including zoos and aquariums.
  • Austin, TX Austin has a grassroots, neighborhood spirit that makes families proud of belonging to the heart of Texas.
  • Denver, CO  Denver has the largest public parks system of any U.S. city – a draw for active families that love the outdoors.
  • Phoenix, AZ  Phoenix’s fun attractions like the Phoenix Zoo, the Children’s Museum, and plenty of outdoor activities entertain kids of all ages.
  • San Jose, CA  Parents and kids enjoy San Jose for its cultural attractions, including the Children’s Discovery Museum and Happy Hollow Park; plus, the city has a great public transportation system.
  • Seattle, WA  Seattle – known as a science and technology center – boasts an excellent academic reputation and beautiful scenery.

Are you raising your kids in a city? If so, which one and why do you love it?

Image: Small boy in big city, via Shutterstock

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