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The Federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The Federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

In May 2017, the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) was reintroduced with bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate!

“A federal PWFA will ensure that all pregnant workers across the country, particularly those in low-wage and physically demanding jobs, cannot be fired or pushed onto unpaid leave to stay on the job and have a healthy pregnancy,” said Dina Bakst, Co-Founder and Co-President of A Better Balance. “While A Better Balance has been proud to help move pregnancy discrimination laws forward in several states, no woman should face a lottery between a healthy pregnancy and her job because of where she lives. A bipartisan federal PWFA will end the patchwork of statewide laws and make it clear that any pregnant worker deserves reasonable job modifications.”

Inspired by an A Better Balance Op-Ed in the New York Times, Congress first introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in 2012. A Better Balance worked with legislators and a coalition of partners to draft the bill and we are one of the 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.

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