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Why Congress Needs to Pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Pregnant workers face unique challenges in the workplace. Often pregnant workers are subjected to harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination.

There are several laws on the books right now that can be used to protect the rights of pregnant workers, such as:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for disabled employees. While pregnancy is not classified as a disability within the ADA, pregnancy-related conditions are covered by the 2008 ADA amendments, including hypertension, severe nausea, sciatica and gestational diabetes.
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA prohibits discrimination based on  pregnancy and requires employers to treat pregnant workers no worse than non-pregnant workers. That means if an employer makes an accommodation for a non-pregnant worker,  such as allowing an older cashier to sit on a stool, the employer must allow a pregnant cashier to sit on a stool as well.
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn. It also enables workers to take unpaid medical leave for serious pregnancy related health conditions.

But more can be done. According to a recent report by the National Women’s Law Center and A Better Balance, pregnant workers are often fired or forced to take unpaid leave when their requests for workplace accommodations are either ignored or denied. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, currently pending in Congress, would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers so long as doing so would not impose an undue hardship on the employer. That is the same standard that presently exists under the ADA for disabled employees.

If you have suffered workplace discrimination or were terminated because of your pregnancy or recent childbirth, you may have a legal claim against your employer. Speak to a pregnancy discrimination lawyer to learn what your rights and remedies are.

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