Texas representative worries companies like Disney are creating hostile work environments for women
With the recent reversal of Roe v. Wade, many companies have come out in favor of abortion rights. Disney is one such company. They are committed to helping women travel to access abortions.
Rep. Michael Cloud, R-Texas, however, fears this could have an unintended consequence. He sent letters to companies, including Disney, in which he feared the statements would make women who choose to have children feel unsupported and pressured. He also worries that corporations are using abortion access as an excuse to exploit women, saying, “I’m concerned that big corporations are pressuring women to have abortions instead of missing work. work during maternity leave. Women must feel supported in their decision to reconcile family and work. If these companies exploit women under the guise of access to abortion, then we have a serious problem.
Cloud also expressed concern that support for women’s reproductive rights is not treated equally. His concern, in particular, is that companies have openly expressed support for one side and not the other. Cloud said the focus on abortion access rather than highlighting their paid vacation policies could create the impression of an unfavorable work environment for pregnant women.
“Women have always been discriminated against for being pregnant because of the number of days they will be out of the workforce due to the birth and care of their children,” Cloud wrote, “they shouldn’t feel forced to ask for an abortion instead of taking the time to have their child, especially since women already have fewer children than they would like.
In her letter, Cloud reminded companies that federal law prohibits discrimination because of pregnancy status, but mentioned that it still happens. “In this time of historically high inflation, soaring gas prices and shortages of infant formula, it is imperative that women feel supported in their decision to balance their family with their work,” wrote Cloud.
Disney did not respond to Yahoo News when they asked for comment on the letter.
It’s important to note that The Walt Disney Company offers a number of family benefits, including paid maternity and paternity leave, infertility treatments, and on-site childcare (although Cast Members pay for these benefits out of pocket).