Although the PDA has had a significant impact in the first 40 years of its existence and presents opportunities for important litigation to advance the rights of pregnant workers going forward, it is clear that there is much more work to be done to advance the Act’s stated goal of allowing women to “assume their rightful place and make a full contribution to our nation’s economy.”
Poultry workers endure incredibly harsh and dangerous conditions and an increase in line speed will only pose a greater threat to the health, safety, and dignity of workers. Female poultry workers, who comprise nearly half of the 250,000 poultry workers in the U.S., face particular challenges working on the line.
Desperate to get her job back, Takirah asked her doctor to remove her lifting restriction. He refused, and instead provided her with information about pregnant workers’ right to receive reasonable accommodations under the New Jersey Pregnant Workers Fairness Act—a law that A Better Balance worked hard to pass.
Tennessee has been at the center of a number of recent preemption conflicts in recent years, from the state’s 2011 law that prohibited cities from enacting nondiscrimination policies more protective than the state’s law to a bill passed this year that will withhold state funding for cities with certain “sanctuary city” policies.