Pregnant workers have rights during this pandemic. Through our free legal helpline, we've been hearing from pregnant workers across the country who have questions about their legal rights during this uncertain time. We spoke with the New York Times about the laws pregnant workers need to know. Read an excerpt below, and the full article by reporter Jessica Grose here.
Pregnant workers represented by co-counsel A Better Balance, Mehri & Skalet, PLLC and the National Women’s Law Center announced that on April 29, 2020, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois approved a settlement in the amount of $14 million in the matter of Borders v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., No. 3:17-cv-0506 (S.D. Ill.). The settlement pays for claims by pregnant workers that they had requested but were denied workplace accommodations at Walmart between March 19, 2013 and March 5, 2014.
You're invited! Please join A Better Balance Co-Presidents Dina Bakst and Sherry Leiwant, with special guest U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, for a discussion of today's legal landscape for workers and families and the critical next steps we must take to ensure their protection, both during this crisis and beyond.
Knowledge is power! Our legal experts have put together three new know-your-rights FAQs for workers who are affected by COVID-19, addressing paid sick leave, pregnancy, and more. We are working to ensure all workers and families have the protections they need under the law, both during this crisis and beyond. If you have questions about your legal rights, contact our free legal helpline.
As the way we work continues to evolve, the number of people working in ways that do not fit within traditional employer/employee frameworks is likely to grow. Yet our laws have not caught up. As the way we work continues to evolve, the number of people working in ways that do not fit within traditional employer/employee frameworks is likely to grow. Yet our laws have not caught up. Though legislation has been introduced to extend additional coverage, the leading federal employment antidiscrimination law, Title VII, does not apply to independent contractors.
Working people in the South have some of the fewest legal protections for their health and economic security in the country. For example, Southern workers are less likely to have access to paid leave than those in other regions. While recent federal legislation provides some workers with critical new rights in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, major gaps remain, and Southern lawmakers must act to fill those gaps.
A high level federal court just issued an important decision for pregnant workers. The decision clarified that employers who accommodate workers with on-the-job injuries but deny accommodations to pregnant workers with similar restrictions must justify their actions in order to be in compliance with the law.
Join A Better Balance for this in-depth webinar on the various federal, state, and local laws that may protect you as a pregnant worker, including paid and unpaid time off, reasonable accommodations, and the right to be free from discrimination in the workplace. We'll provide various scenarios, answer your questions, and point you toward additional resources that can help you access your rights in the workplace.
In an open letter released today, A Better Balance, Oxfam, and other labor and health advocacy leaders call on the poultry industry to put into place stronger safety measures and protections for its workers. The recent alarming news that COVID-19 is spreading in poultry plants has highlighted the urgent need for action to ensure the U.S.'s 250,000 poultry workers—who are too often overlooked and undervalued—can stay healthy while supporting themselves and their families and keeping the nation fed.
In 29 states and 5 cities, pregnant workers may be entitled to reasonable accommodations during this crisis, including personal protective equipment, the ability to telework, and time off if needed. But women in every corner of the country need and deserve these protections. Congress must also pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act without delay to ensure pregnant workers in every state can receive the accommodations to remain healthy during this crisis and beyond.