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

June 5, 2015

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA, S. 1512, H.R. 2654) would let pregnant workers continue to do their jobs and support their families by requiring employers to make the same sorts of accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions that they do for disabilities.  This fact sheet outlines the provisions of the bill and discusses the enormous impact its passage would have for working parents and their families.

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More Resources

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

Issue Briefs | Collateral Damage: Scheduling Challenges for Workers in Low-wage Jobs and Their Consequences

June 03, 2015