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The Federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Inspired by an A Better Balance Op-Ed in The New York Times, Congress first introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) in 2012. A Better Balance worked with legislators to draft the bill and we are leaders in the campaign to make the PWFA a reality.

The PWFA ensures pregnant workers will not be fired unnecessarily or denied reasonable job modifications that will keep them working while maintaining a healthy pregnancy. A bipartisan federal PWFA will end the patchwork of statewide laws and make it clear that all pregnant workers in this country deserve reasonable job accommodations. In September 2020, the House of Representatives passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote. In 2021, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act was re-introduced and passed in the House of Representatives again in another overwhelmingly bipartisan vote (315-101), and was introduced in the Senate. A Better Balance testified at the PWFA’s first ever hearing in 2019, and again in 2021. See below for comprehensive resources on the legislation.

Resources on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Fact Sheets

Pregnant Workers’ Experiences:

ABB Reports

Congressional Testimony

Organizational Letters of Support

For a full list of letters from the advocacy community, see here

Letters of Support during the 117th Congress (2021 – 2022)

Letters of Support during the 116th Congress (2019 – 2020): 


Take Action

Business Support

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