NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 02, 1979
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(Studio) Report on chgs. brought against American Cyanamid Company by 5 women employees who claim they were forced to get unwanted sterilizations in order to keep jobs.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Willow Island, West Virginia) Cyanamid's regulation for employees, stating that only men and women either not of child-bearing age or who have been sterilized can work on product line where they are exposed to lead, noted. Evidence of lead's detrimental effect on unborn fetuses mentioned. Cases of 5 employees who had operation or would have allegedly been transferred to lower-paying janitorial jobs outlined. [Barbara CANTWELL - felt pressured into operation. Comments on having to be sterilized in order to hold job equal to man.] [Lola RYMER - has to help support family; had no choice.] [Donna MARTIN - felt pressured.] Plant manager Jack White's comments about alleged transfers offered women stated. [WHITE - denies recommending women get operation.]
REPORTER: James Polk
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