- Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is a married mother of two who earned $30.9million in 2011
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act includes a clause that prohibits employers from refusing to hire pregnant women
- Sandberg called for open dialogue about discrimination that women are facing at work
- Her new book titled Lean In that urges women to further their careers is due in March
Companies should be able to ask their employees about whether they hope to have children, Sheryl Sandberg, one of the most senior women in Silicon Valley, said.
Ms Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, said that women are held back at work by stereotypes firms are unwilling to talk about. She said employees faced both open and covert discrimination, as well as a lack of flexibility.
The 43-year-old mother-of-two called for a much more open dialogue about gender, which included discussing with female employees whether they plan to have children, The Telegraph reported her as saying.
‘Every HR department tells you not to do that … but we need to have a much more open conversation,’ she said.
Ms Sandberg, who earned US$30.87m (£19.5m) from Facebook in 2011 was speaking to business leaders at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, at a session on how boost women’s role in economic decision making.