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.
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 Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
In 2020, it is outrageous that pregnant workers are still being pushed off the job. Unfortunately, current federal law doesn’t do enough to support pregnant workers, leaving many pregnant workers without recourse.
Fortunately, there is a solution: the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Inspired by an A Better Balance Op-Ed in the New York Times, Congress introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in 2012, which would make it clear that employers cannot force pregnant workers off the job or deny them reasonable accommodations that would allow them to continue working while maintaining healthy pregnancies. In 2020, the House of Representatives passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, 329-73!
But we still need to get it over the finish line.
It’s time to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and ABB is leading a national coalition fighting to make it a reality.
RESOURCES ON THE PREGNANT WORKERS FAIRNESS ACT
- 2020 House vote (329-73): U.S House of Representatives Passes the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Vote
- Report: Long Overdue – It Is Time for the Federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (May 2019)
- Fact Sheet: The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
- Fact Sheet: The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Legal Backgrounder
- Fact Sheet: Bill Explainer — The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
- FAQs: The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act FAQs
- 200+ Organizations Support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (2020)
- Op-Ed (N.Y. Times): Pregnant, and Pushed Out of a Job (by Dina Bakst)
- Congressional Testimony: ABB Co-President Dina Bakst Dina Bakst’s Testimony in Support of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act for “Long Over Due” Congressional Hearing (October 2019)
- State PWFA Laws: State Pregnant Workers Fairness Laws
- Bill text: H.R. 2694 (116th Congress)
Pregnant Workers’ Experiences:
- The Case for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, In Stories
- Video: Lyndi Trischler’s Story
- Video: Armanda Legros’ Story
- Op-Ed in Ms. Magazine by ABB Community Advocate Takirah Woods: Accommodating Pregnant Workers is a Matter of Reproductive, Economic and Racial Justice
For more resources on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, including fact sheets, worker experiences, ABB testimony, reports, Op-Eds and more, visit our resources page here.
State and Local Campaigns
As of September 2020, 30 states and 5 cities have passed stronger protections for pregnant workers. These protections often pass with bipartisan, and often unanimous, support. 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.
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
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
- Call our Free, Confidential Legal Helpline if You’re Experiencing Pregnancy Discrimination