We are heartened by today’s developments: not only has XPO Logistics announced that going forward it will work with pregnant employees who need accommodations to stay healthy and on the job but Congress is poised to move the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
These “no-fault” policies are portrayed as neutral because they purport to treat all absences the same, regardless of the reason, but in reality, they are incredibly unfair to workers and often force them to choose between their health and their jobs.
This week, we mark the 40th anniversary of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, a law we hoped would end pregnancy discrimination. While the law has been transformative in many respects, unfortunately, pregnancy discrimination is shockingly still prevalent in American workplaces.
It’s unacceptable that, under the law, many pregnant workers in 2018 aren’t able to get the immediate relief they need to stay healthy and on the job. Every pregnant worker in America deserves a clear right to accommodation.
The link to register to attend the event is in the blog.
Desperate to get her job back, Takirah asked her doctor to remove her lifting restriction. He refused, and instead provided her with information about pregnant workers’ right to receive reasonable accommodations under the New Jersey Pregnant Workers Fairness Act—a law that A Better Balance worked hard to pass.
In 2014, I was one of only two women in the Florence, Kentucky Police Department. When I was 5 months pregnant with my second child, my doctor told me I had to go on light duty for the rest of my pregnancy. Instead of letting me serve my community and earn a paycheck, my employer pushed me onto unpaid leave.
A Better Balance filed a lawsuit today on behalf of a food service worker in upper Manhattan who—in a case of blatant and overt discrimination— was fired for being pregnant.