The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) would require employers to provide reasonable, temporary accommodations to pregnant workers so that they can remain in the workforce throughout their pregnancy. These accommodations could range from reassigning a worker to a desk job if her usual job requires heavy lifting, to allowing someone to carry a water bottle on the sales floor, to accommodating a person’s need for regular pre-natal medical visits. Pregnant workers who do not have the protection of pregnancy accommodations face unpaid leave, lost benefits, or even termination, placing them in the agonizing position to choose between protecting the health of their pregnancy and continuing to work to support themselves and their families. Especially in the time before welcoming a new child to the family, it’s reprehensible that women are faced with this impossible choice.
Take action today; urge your Senators and Representative to cosponsor the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.