Every woman deserves the opportunity to work to support her family without risking the health of her pregnancy.

Yet pregnant workers, especially those in low-wage and physically demanding jobs, are routinely forced to choose between their health and a paycheck. Pregnancy should not be an obstacle in the workplace.

250000
Estimated pregnant workers every year who are denied requests for accommodations, and even more don’t bother asking, for fear of retaliation
62%
Of Americans have personally seen pregnancy discrimination in the workplace

In states and cities across the country, we have helped pregnant women secure a clear right to reasonable workplace accommodations–the same right afforded to workers with disabilities under federal law. We are pushing to expand this right to every corner of the country. A woman’s wellbeing and financial security should not depend upon luck or location.

The Federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Inspired by an A Better Balance Op-Ed in the New York Times, Congress introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) in 2012. The PWFA would ensure that pregnant workers are not fired unnecessarily or denied reasonable job modifications that can help them keep working while maintaining a healthy pregnancy. The bill was reintroduced with bipartisan support for the first time in 2015 and ABB is leading a national coalition fighting to make the PWFA a reality.

Visit the ABB Resources to learn more about the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

State and Local Campaigns

Stronger protections for pregnant workers have gained bipartisan, and often unanimous, support at the state and local level in recent years. A Better Balance helps these local campaigns with legislative drafting, messaging, and enforcement, while also leading campaigns in areas where we have support on the ground.

Visit the ABB Resources to learn more about state and local efforts to advance fairness for pregnant workers.

Enforcing the Rights of Pregnant Workers

ABB is dedicated to enforcing the laws we have helped to pass, such as the New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and ensuring our clients obtain justice when they face discrimination. We are also supporting workers in legal efforts against Walmart and other employers nationwide to highlight legal violations and push for stronger policies, benefitting thousands of workers at a time.

Visit the ABB Resources to learn more about advocacy for pregnant workers and read success stories.

To learn more about the need for stronger protections for pregnant workers across the country, visit the ABB Resources section on Pregnant Workers Fairness.

Here you’ll get a wealth of information, including:

  • Fact sheets about the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
  • How To Talk To Your Boss About Your Bump in every state
  • Materials about your rights under the New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
  • Where to find help if you suspect pregnancy discrimination on the job
  • Up-to-date information on new laws and campaigns around the country advancing fairness for pregnant workers
  • An analysis of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on pregnancy discrimination, Young v. UPS
  • Additional web links, reports, advocacy resources, news articles, and more