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Pregnant Workers Fairness

Every pregnant worker 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.

We have helped pregnant women secure and enforce 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, especially at a time when the COVID-19 and Black maternal health crises continue to rage in our communities.

The Federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

In 2021, 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. With our Op-Ed in the New York Times, we launched a movement and led the charge calling for legislative change, directly resulting in Congress introducing 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. For the last nine years, we have continued our deep work to lift up the voices of workers and make the case for a federal legislative fix, even in the face of those who told us it was not necessary.

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act was introduced in the Senate in 2021 with bipartisan support and passed in the House of Representatives in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, 315-101! In August 2021, the Senate Health Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted the PWFA out of committee in a strong bipartisan vote and it is now ready for a vote on the Senate floor.  

ABB is leading the movement to make the PWFA a reality.

Take Action: Tell the Senate: Pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act!

Learn More About the Federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act:

  • Dina Bakst’s Written and Oral Testimony in support of the PWFA, 2021
  • Dina Bakst’s Written and Oral Testimony for “Long Over Due” Congressional Hearing, 2019

For additional reports, Op-Eds, fact sheets, and resources, learn more here. 

State and Local PWFA Campaigns

As of December 2020, 30 states and 5 cities have stronger protections for pregnant workers in need of workplace accommodations. These protections often pass with bipartisan, and often unanimous, support. A Better Balance helps these campaigns with legislative drafting, messaging, and enforcement, while also leading campaigns in areas where we have support on the ground. Click here for an interactive map of states that have these critical protections.

Enforcing the Rights of Pregnant Workers

A Better Balance has provided legal assistance to thousands of 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, including high-profile strategic litigation victories to advance systemic change. We are not afraid of taking on industry giants, like Walmart, Amazon, and XPO Logistics, and are proud of what we have accomplished on behalf of our clients, from working with the Department of Justice to force city-wide policy changes in Florence, Kentucky, to accomplishing sweeping reforms at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). 


Estimated pregnant workers every year who are denied requests for accommodations, and even more don’t bother asking, for fear of retaliation


Of Americans have personally seen pregnancy discrimination in the workplace


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