Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: What People Are Saying | House Committee on Education and Labor

National Partnership for Women and Families: “Pregnancy discrimination has been illegal since the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, and yet thousands of pregnant workers each year are still denied the reasonable accommodations they need to have healthy pregnancies. Pregnancy discrimination hurts pregnant people across race and ethnicity, but people of color and immigrants, who are more likely to hold certain inflexible and physically demanding jobs, are at particular risk. Pregnant people should not be forced to risk their health or their pregnancy to maintain financial stability. It’s time to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to make pregnancy discrimination a thing of the past, and to promote healthy pregnancies for all workers and protect the economic security of America’s families,” said Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families.

National WIC Association: “WIC providers know that low-income pregnant workers struggle to balance the health of their pregnancy with workplace demands. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is a common-sense solution building on existing legal frameworks to ensure that no woman will have to choose between the health of her baby and her livelihood. We urge swift passage of this critical legislation and look forward to working with both chambers of Congress to turn this bill into law,” said Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President & CEO of the National WIC Association.

National Women’s Law Center: “Millions of pregnant workers across America are counting on the House to move us closer to a day when pregnant workers are no longer pushed out of work when they can least afford it. In 2020, no one should be forced to choose between a paycheck and a healthy pregnancy. House members must pass this commonsense and bipartisan bill,” said Emily Martin, NWLC Vice President for Education &Workplace Justice.

H.R. Policy Association, International Franchise Association, National Retail Federation, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Society for Human Resource Management, U.S. Chamber of Commerce: “The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), as passed by the House Education and Labor Committee, is a balanced approach that clarifies an employer’s obligation to accommodate the known limitations of employees and job applicants that accompany pregnancy.  The PWFA uses an interactive, reasonable accommodation process similar to the Americans with Disabilities Act and specifies a pregnant employee may take leave only after the employer and employee have exhausted the possibility of other reasonable accommodations. This bipartisan bill is a strong reminder that through good faith negotiations, legislative solutions to important workplace questions and problems can be found.  We believe that Congress should pass the PWFA with no changes.”

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