The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) is gaining national support and now has 100 co-sponsors. The bill, introduced in June by Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Susan Davis (D-CA), would require employers to accommodate the demands of pregnancy unless the accommodation imposes an undue hardship. Legal Momentum is credited as a member of the broad coalition of civil rights and women’s advocacy organizations, unions, and business associations standing in support of this important legislation protecting pregnant workers. Legal Momentum has already spoken out in favor of the bill, and participated in the Congresspersons’ May 8 press conference in Washington, D.C. announcing the bill’s introduction to Congress.
Rep. Nadler stated in the press release: “Ensuring that a woman who needs reasonable job adjustments to maintain a healthy pregnancy gets those accommodations should be central to our society’s support for strong and stable families, and a priority for every Member of Congress. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join us and support this bill.”
The press release also listed several articles explaining the importance of the legislation:
Legal Momentum has also long advocated for such legislation extending to pregnant women, having represented and assisted in several cases demonstrating the critical need for the PWFA.
More on the growing support of the bill can be found here.