Fired for Birth Control Pills?

March 22, 2012

A proposed law in Arizona could give employers the right to fire women who use birth control.

The proposed bill, Arizona House Bill 2625, would permit employers to ask their employees for proof of medical prescription if they seek contraceptives for non-reproductive purposes, such as hormone control or acne treatment.
"I believe we live in America. We don't live in the Soviet Union," said one of the laws proponents. "So, government should not be telling the organizations or mom and pop employers to do something against their moral beliefs."

The bill would give employers the right to ask for proof that contraceptives are being taken for non-contraceptive reasons. The reason is because Arizona, like nearly half the rest of the country, is an at-will employment state, which means that an employee can be fired without cause. The bill would give employers the opportunity to fire women for simply having a sex life.

Arizona currently has a law on the books prohibiting insurance companies from this sort of discrimination but if this new law, HB 2625, is passed, could supersede that law by allowing the employer, and not the insurance company, to discriminate.