Enforcing the Rights of Pregnant Workers
A Better Balance has provided legal assistance to many pregnant workers who were pushed off the job while pregnant, or who felt forced to risk their health because their employer refused to provide them with a modest accommodation. Check out ABB’s background article to read their stories and learn how we helped.
The Federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
Decades after the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, pregnant workers are still pushed off the job when they need a modest accommodation, like a stool to sit on or a temporary reprieve from heavy lifting, in order to stay healthy and employed. Congress introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) in 2012 and ABB is leading the charge to make the bipartisan PWFA a reality, ensuring that no worker has to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy. Click here to read more.
The New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
Working while pregnant? Recovering from childbirth? You don’t have to choose between your job and your health. If you are working while pregnant, or recovering from childbirth, there is a law in New York City that makes sure you don’t have to risk your health to stay employed. Resources available in English and in Spanish (Espanol). Click here to learn about the New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act!
Pregnant and Working at Walmart
A Better Balance is working to ensure that pregnant employees at Walmart are not treated like second-class citizens and pushed off the job when they need a modest accommodation to stay healthy. We are pursuing legal action, partnerships, and a publicity campaign to demand that Walmart change its pregnancy policy as soon as possible! Click here to learn how you can get help if you are pregnant and work at Walmart, and what we are doing to push for reform.
Pregnant Worker Fairness Legislative Successes
In the past few years alone, over a dozen states and localities have passed laws to strengthen legal protections for pregnant workers. A Better Balance has played a leading or supporting role in the passage of most of these laws, many of which have passed with overwhelming and bipartisan support. Click here for overview of pregnant worker fairness laws across the country that are in effect as of October 2016.
Pregnant Worker Fairness Campaigns
The movement for fairness for pregnant workers is growing. Local campaigns are sprouting up around the country and A Better Balance is providing legal advice and support, including model bill language. Click to see a list of what’s happening in your community.
Supreme Court Pregnancy Decision: Young v. UPS
The Supreme Court’s decision was a victory for Peggy Young, who was forced off her job while pregnant, losing income and her health benefits in the process. But we still need the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to ensure that every pregnant worker is able to obtain timely relief when she needs it to stay healthy and on the job. Read more about the Court’s opinion, our amicus brief, and find out why we still need legislative action.
Know Your Rights While Pregnant and Working
Did you know that where you live can play a huge role in what legal rights you have in the workplace? Thankfully, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it. Check out ABB’s user-friendly state-by-state guide to find information tailored to your neck of the woods, no matter where you live, and learn where your state excels, or falls short, in providing legal protections to its workers.