The U.S. is facing a maternal and infant health crisis—one that is disproportionately impacting Black women and women of color—as highlighted in a recent Congressional hearing. Although this problem and its solutions are multifaceted, one key piece to addressing this crisis is the need to ensure our workplaces are safe and supportive environments for pregnant workers and mothers. Unfortunately, the reality is that too many pregnant workers and new mothers are forced to risk their health at work—especially those women in low-wage and physically demanding jobs, who are largely women of color.
If you were pregnant while you worked at Walmart and the company denied your request for a workplace accommodation between March 19, 2013, and March 5, 2014, you may be eligible for a monetary settlement. Please go to the settlement website to learn more about the proposed settlement or to file a claim in the settlement. The deadline to file a claim, opt out, or object to the settlement is February 10, 2020.
We were honored to be invited by the Tennessee Senate Health & Welfare Committee to present data on the health benefits of providing pregnant workers with reasonable accommodations, when needed. We were joined by our partners at the March of Dimes, who highlighted Tennessee’s high preterm birth rate and persistent racial disparities. Together, we made the public health case for the Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
Today, the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act reached a historic milestone with bipartisan approval by the House Committee on Education and Labor. This news comes on the heels of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's official endorsement of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act yesterday. The bill will likely now proceed to the House floor for a vote.
Now is a critical moment to show your support for pregnant workers. We’ll be in D.C. on Tuesday as the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act heads into a crucial next phase—with the committee debating the bill and deciding whether to report it to a floor vote. Will you get in touch with your Representative today and ask that they sign on to co-sponsor the PWFA?
As the year comes to a close, we have many victories to celebrate! In just 2019, our work has had a major impact on millions of women, caregivers, and families.