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How difficult is it to be a single mom in Denver?

Whether it is from an unwanted pregnancy or a rough divorce, single mothers have numerous hard challenges to face. They have to try and maintain a job that will provide them enough money and time to spend with their kids while also overcoming the financial struggles that determine if they can live in the same house and build enough savings to give their kids a sufficient educational future.

However, the problem may be worse than most realize. Recent studies highlighting single mother problems in Colorado demonstrate how many obstacles single mother workers face in Denver and the state as a whole.

Financial difficulties

While Colorado is one of the many states raising their minimum wage in 2019, it still likely will not be enough to provide for several families in the larger cities such as Denver. The Colorado Center on Law & Policy just unveiled their study on how many workers are struggling to make ends meet in the state.

The study featured a chart that showcased which workers had a higher rate of income inadequacy based on their race, marital status and age of their children. In all categories, single females have a significantly higher rate than single males or married couples. Most single mothers were around or past 50 percent. The group with the highest income inadequacy rate was non-white single mothers of younger children, which has a horrifyingly large rate of 88 percent. Nearly 9 out of 10 of the mothers in this category cannot provide basic needs for their children and themselves in the state.

Employee discrimination

The report cites two primary problems that causes so many single moms to struggle in the state. The first is the expected amount of child care costs in raising kids in the state as well as the larger cities such as Denver. The second is gender-based discrimination and labor inequality. Despite the multiple law changes within the last couple of decades, several employers still attempt to pay male workers more than female workers.

The unluckier single mothers also might deal with pregnancy discrimination from her co-workers and employer if she’s expecting at her workplace. They could see a reduction in hours and potentially not be able to come back after their maternal leave period. The high frequency of employee discrimination also explains why non-white single mothers have an overwhelmingly larger income inadequacy rate than all of the other groups.

Single mothers do not deserve mistreatment in their workplace with everything they have to put up with. The unfair policies of several employers has ruined the lives of thousands of women in the state and has left them struggling to provide the most basic needs for survival in the cities. Those victimized discriminatory actions at work should contact someone with experience in employment law so they can receive the right amount of financial and social help.

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