Summary: To eliminate discrimination and promote women’s health and economic security by ensuring reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. (Cosponsors Bipartisan)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig Cosponsored the bill on 10/22/19.
STATUS: Introduced 5/14/19 by Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10].
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- “As we celebrated Mother’s Day last weekend, it is imperative that we give all moms and moms-to-be the certainty that they can stay on the job no matter what,” said Congressman Nadler (NY-10).“No woman should have to choose between a healthy pregnancy and a paycheck, especially when often a simple fix – a bottle of water during a shift, an extra bathroom break, a chair – will allow women to stay on the job and support their families throughout their pregnancy. The PWFA creates an affirmative duty for employers to provide pregnant workers a reasonable accommodation, unless the accommodation imposes an undue hardship on the employer. We know exactly what this language means, employers know just what to expect, and, most importantly, pregnant workers know they will be protected.” (Source: Rep. Nadler, Press Release, 05/14/19)
- Pregnant workers are forced out of their jobs and denied reasonable accommodations that would enable them to continue working and supporting their families…(Source: National Partnership for Women and Families)
- Inspired by an A Better Balance Op-Ed in The New York Times, Congress first introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) in 2012. A Better Balance worked with legislators and a coalition of partners to draft the bill and we are one of the leaders in the campaign to make the PWFA a reality. The PWFA ensures pregnant workers will not be fired unnecessarily or denied reasonable job modifications that will keep them working while maintaining a healthy pregnancy. A bipartisan federal PWFA will end the patchwork of statewide laws and make it clear that all pregnant workers in this country deserve reasonable job accommodations. The PWFA was most recently re-introduced in May 2017 with bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. (Source: A better Balance)