A new measure passed by Pittsburgh lawmakers would require employers to “reasonably accommodate” pregnant workers’ medical requests.
Pregnant volunteers can now continue serving, regardless of whether a pregnancy is deemed “culturally acceptable.”
The lawsuit is the latest in a string of actions across the country to try and address the systemic problem of on-the-job pregnancy discrimination.
When you’re pregnant, the last two things you want to have to worry about when you’re expecting a baby are your health and your income. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would help ensure that pregnant women are able to follow their doctor’s recommendations without worrying their bosses are going to squeeze them out of a job.
In addition to cases on abortion clinic buffer zones and legislative prayer, the Roberts Court may take up the question of whether, and when, employers must make temporary employment accommodations for pregnant workers.
A new report issued by the National Women’s Law Center and A Better Balance shows that pregnancy discrimination remains a significant drag on the economy.
“What we keep hearing in this country is a lot of ‘family values.’ What could be a truer family value than to make sure the people who want to work, who have children have gainful employment?”
In both the academic and the private sector, pregnancy discrimination is a drag on individual and familial success.
One hospital worker’s story reflects a larger truth: low-wage workers are especially vulnerable to employment discrimination.
In his State of the State speech in January, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made passing the Women’s Equality Act a centerpiece of his agenda for this year, including legislation protecting women’s rights to safe abortion care. But his political allegiances make the fate of the bill unclear. Does he really support it, or is he trying to play both ends?