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Fact Sheet | Pregnancy Accommodations in the States

August 27, 2015

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to explicitly grant pregnant employees the right to reasonable accommodations at work. Ten of these laws have been passed since 2013, all with bipartisan support, and in the majority of cases with unanimous or near-unanimous support. Although the details of the laws vary from state to state, they share a core principle: a pregnant worker with a medical need for accommodation should not be pushed out of work when she can be reasonably accommodated without imposing an undue hardship on the employer. These laws affirm that no one should be forced to choose between the health of her pregnancy and her paycheck.

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Fact Sheet | The Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back for Pregnant Workers

July 27, 2015

According to its sponsors, the Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act, S. 1590, H.R. 2800, (“Amendment Act”) seeks to address a critical problem of pregnant workers being forced to choose between their jobs and their health when they have a medical need for temporary accommodations. The bill thus reflects the growing, bipartisan awareness of the need to strengthen legal protections for pregnant workers. Unfortunately, the Amendment Act raises more legal questions than it answers and, if enacted, could actually diminish the legal protections pregnant workers currently enjoy. By contrast, the bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, S. 1512, H.R. 2654, would provide a clear, flexible rule ensuring reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers who need them.

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Fact Sheet | Accommodating Pregnancy on the Job: Lessons from the Americans with Disabilities Act

June 5, 2015

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA, S. 1512, H.R. 2654) would promote women's health, economic security, and nondiscriminatory treatment on the job by ensuring reasonable accommodation for workers who need changes in job rules or duties because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical conditions.  This fact sheet explores how these accommodations are similar to those offered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and how we can apply its guidance to the implementation of PWFA.

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Fact Sheet | The Business Case for Accommodating Pregnant Workers

May 22, 2015

This fact sheet explores why accommodating pregant employees can benefit an employer's bottom line.

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Fact Sheet | Pregnancy Accommodations in the States

August 27, 2015

Fact Sheet | The Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back for Pregnant Workers

July 27, 2015

Fact Sheet | Pregnant Workers Make Up a Small Share of the Workforce and Can Be Readily Accommodated: A State-By-State Analysis

July 23, 2015

Fact Sheet | Accommodating Pregnancy on the Job: Lessons from the Americans with Disabilities Act

June 05, 2015

Fact Sheet | The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Making Room for Pregnancy on the Job

June 05, 2015