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Coalition of Attorneys General Supports EEOC Rule on Pregnant Workers’ Rights

Attorney General Anthony G. Brown, along with a coalition of 24 attorneys general, is defending the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) proposed rule under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) of 2022. The rule mandates that employers provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant and postpartum employees, covering a range of conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth. This includes time off for medical appointments and recovery related to an employee’s decision to terminate a pregnancy.

The PWFA was enacted to enhance protections for pregnant and postpartum workers who, prior to the act, were at risk of health complications or job loss due to inadequate legal protections. Particularly affected were low-income workers and workers of color. The EEOC’s rule, proposed in August 2023, also covers abortion care, requiring accommodations like time off for related medical procedures.

In April 2024, Tennessee led several states in a lawsuit against the EEOC, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, challenging the inclusion of abortion care in the required accommodations. The lawsuit aims to halt the implementation of the PWFA.

The coalition’s brief supports the EEOC’s rule, emphasizing the economic and health impacts of job loss due to pregnancy discrimination. It argues for the inclusion of conditions like miscarriage, stillbirth, and abortion under the PWFA’s protections, supported by decades of case law related to pregnancy discrimination.

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Tammy Annette Robinson 1964-2024

For the past years, Tammy helped take care of her mother. She enjoyed watching game shows and listening to contemporary Christian music.

Robert William Gordon 1947-2024

Born August 18, 1947, a son of the late Merrill R. and Goldie E. Kotzmoyer Gordon, Bob liked to hunt and fish, and loved spending time with his family.

Janice Mae Keller 1938-2024

Janice always enjoyed shopping trips with her children and always used that opportunity to stop at her favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.

Ethel R. Smith 1935-2024

Ethel was a very loving and caring woman. She will always be remembered and cherished as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Sharon M. Matthews 1951-2024

Sharon enjoyed game shows on TV, mostly Wheel of Fortune. She also liked watching the Food Network and talk about what they made.

Ralph V. Foltz 1928-2024

Ralph enjoyed hunting, telling stories, and traveling around the United States on bus trips, alongside his wife Lois.

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