Natasha’s dream of owning a home disappeared after she was denied accommodations while pregnant. She was the highest-ranking account executive and the only female employee at a Rent-A-Center store in South Carolina. When she needed to avoid occasional heavy lifting required at her job, she was forced to go on leave. “The timing could not have been worse. My husband and I had just made a down payment on a house… Without my income, we were forced to back out of the contract. Natasha ultimately lost her job and needed emergency public housing. “I am asking you to stand up for women like me so we can have an equal opportunity to support our families while protecting her health,” she urged Congress at a 2019 briefing on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
In 2021, Natasha was honored at ABB’s annual Spring Celebration with the Community Advocate award for her commitment to sharing her story and fighting for protections for all pregnant workers.