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Judge Refuses To Postpone Hearing Because Maternity Leave Isn’t A Good Enough Excuse

Sexism is pervasive in the legal profession, and it’s highly unusual if a week passes and there isn’t something to decry about the way women are treated by their male colleagues. From pay inequities and being passed up for partnership to constant lectures about the way they ought todress, act, and speak, women lawyers have been given the short end of the stick in what was once considered a noble calling.

Worse yet, when it comes to achieving any sense of work/life balance, each action a woman lawyer takes is scrutinized with intensity — there are always questions raised as to her true dedication to her work. Should a woman lawyer be so bold as to become pregnant and then take maternity leave, then all bets are off. Colleagues will sigh with exasperation and fault their pregnant coworker for putting more work on their shoulders while the lawyer with child goes off to enjoy her “vacation” from the job.

It seems that even federal judges are fed up with women attorneys and their pesky maternity leave…

Last week, Georgia lawyer Stacy M. Ehrisman-Mickle was forced to attend an immigration hearing with her infant child because Judge J. Dan Pelletier, Sr. refused to approve her motion for a continuance of the matter due to her maternity leave.

 

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