Thursday, December 1, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) rallied with supporters of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to call on Congress to pass the bipartisan legislation. Casey joined more than a dozen advocacy organizations to call for passage of the commonsense legislation to protect pregnant workers from workplace discrimination.
“Pregnancy should never be a barrier for women who want to stay in the workplace. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would provide commonsense protections so that no one is shut out of a job due to their pregnancy,” said Senator Casey. “I’ve been fighting for 10 years to get this bill passed—and I’m going to keep working with Senator Cassidy to get it over the finish line. Worker health and safety is non-negotiable.”
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is closely modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and would require employers to make reasonable accommodations to allow pregnant workers to continue working safely. It will ensure that employers with 15 or more employees provide reasonable accommodations that are often low-cost or no cost—like extra bathroom breaks or a stool for workers who stand—so they can continue working while not putting extra strain on their pregnancies. The bill includes protections not already codified in the ADA or the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). The bill passed the House with bipartisan support and has broad, bipartisan support in the Senate.