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Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Women working at Planned Parenthood and other female-focused organizations say they are being discriminated against for being pregnant and becoming new mothers, a New York Times investigation finds.

Why it matters: This kind of discrimination is so rampant in the workplace, "even organizations that define themselves as champions of women are struggling," the Times reports.

  • Female employees at Avon, the self-described "company for women," sued after being required to handle toxic chemicals while being pregnant.
  • Women at prenatal testing company Natera said they were demoted while on maternity leave.

At Planned Parenthood, a pregnant medical assistant said she wasn't allowed to take breaks required by her doctor to maintain her health.

  • Supervisors took possible pregnancies into consideration when discussing who could receive a promotion, a former hiring manager told the NYT.
  • A former human resources manager said executives "assumed that when a pregnant worker brought in a doctor’s note, it was an excuse to work less."
  • An employee from a Miami Planned Parenthood office, Carolina Delgado, told the Times: "It was looked down upon for you to get pregnant. I don’t think that any supervisor had to literally say it for us to feel it.”
  • Planned Parenthood also doesn't provide paid maternity leave, the Times reports.

What they're saying: The president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Leana Wen, told the NYT: "I believe we must do better than we are now. It's our obligation to do better, for our staff, for their families and for our patients."

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China will no longer stream Boston Celtics games after center Enes Kanter called Chinese President Xi Jinping a "brutal dictator" in a social media post over the Chinese government's repressive policies in Tibet, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: Kanter's criticism of Beijing has sparked another round of trouble for the NBA in China, one of its largest and most restrictive markets.

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Former President Trump last night announced plans to launch a digital media network called "Truth Social," and said it would go public via a SPAC called Digital World Acquisition (Nasdaq: DWAC).

What to know: So far, this is a joke. The press release didn't contain even basic information, such as the new company's CEO. In fact, the only execs mentioned are Trump (as chairman) and veteran TV producer Scott St. John as head of a subscription streaming service.

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Tesla is outrunning the supply chain crunch

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Tesla, citing a "structural shift" in demand for electric vehicles, reported its highest-ever quarterly profit of $1.6 billion and $13.8 billion in revenues despite supply chain problems.

The big picture: The company's third-quarter report says the chip shortage, port congestion and other woes have affected its factories but argues that "flexibility" and "ingenuity" are a counterweight.