Warren Repeats Questionable Claim She Was Fired Over Pregnancy

Eric Scheiner | February 25, 2020
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) continued to claim she lost a public school teaching job because she was “visibly pregnant” during Tuesday night’s Democratic Presidential debate.

It's a story that has often come under question.

It's not the same story Warren told in 2007. 

“I was married at nineteen and graduated from college after I’d married, and my first year post-graduation I worked in a public school system with the children with disabilities,” Warren said in a 2007 interview. "I did that for a year, and then that summer I didn’t have the education courses, so I was on an “emergency certificate,” it was called. I went back to graduate school and took a couple of courses in education and said, “I don’t think this is going to work out for me.” I was pregnant with my first baby, so I had a baby and stayed home for a couple of years, and I was really casting about, thinking, ‘What am I going to do?’"

It’s not the story county records of the Riverdale, NJ Board of Meeting minutes tell when the board voted unanimously on a motion to extend Warren a "2nd year" contract for a two-days-per-week teaching job.

The story she told on the debate stage was similar to one she often tells on the campaign trail.

“When I was 21 years old, I got my first job as a special education teacher. I loved that job. And by the end of the first year, I was visibly pregnant. The principal wished me luck, and gave my job to someone else. Pregnancy discrimination, you bet.”

Warren has claimed her story has changed over the years because serving in the Senate since 2012 has caused her to “open up.”