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Current employment laws need an update to provide critical protections to keep pregnant workers healthy and on the job. Under federal law, as interpreted by courts in some jurisdictions, employers are not required to make minor job modifications for pregnant women unless they have a pregnancy-related disability. As a result, pregnant women are often forced to take unpaid leave or are fired for requesting a small accommodation. For example:
These women all lost their cases in court. This lack of protection causes significant economic harm to pregnant women and their families. Other pregnant workers have no choice but to risk their health in order to earn a paycheck. We need stronger laws and policies nationwide to ensure that no woman has to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy!
Read the New York Times Op-Ed by Dina Bakst, A Better Balance Co-President, that inspired the introduction of the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act here.
Read more in our report, written with the National Women's Law Center, about this issue: "It Shouldn't Be A Heavy Lift: Fair Treatment for Pregnant Workers."