RESOLVE posted this article on their facebook: Is Infertility Fertile Ground for Disability Discrimination Claims?
Given that I can’t comment on facebook (hi, totally not private at all!), I wanted to talk about it here where it is private.
First, I appreciate the sentiment. As I mentioned previously, I haven’t needed to deal with employers and infertility yet, but I’m worried we’re going to get there soon. In a way, it’s nice to have something in my pocket – if they aren’t accommodating, there’s actually precedent for getting help, if I need it. Not that I imagine that they wouldn’t be accommodating, but because understanding that I have backup is nice.
It definitely makes me feel that there are at least some parts of the establishment that take the ridiculous world of infertility seriously.
But, there is a part of me that is a little squicked out at the idea of being “disabled” – who really wants that as a thing? But at the same time, I keep feeling like I want to explain to everyone how hard this is, how life changing, and how permanently life changing it is. So I guess it makes sense – this is one kind of recognition. Still.
What do you guys think?