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pregnant presenteeism

The term ‘Presentees’ describes employees who attend work when they are ill. I have coined-the phrase ‘pregnant presenteeism’ specifically to describe pregnant workers who resist taking sick leave when they are unwell. Pregnant presenteeism occurs among women who are worried about organisational tendencies to assume that women’s health is poor, especially in comparison with men’s health. Although in practice, gender may not be a predictor of sickness absence, workplaces can nevertheless presume...

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