Over the last 10 years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission saw a 35% increase in pregnancy discrimination claims. With gaps in the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, some discrimination against pregnant women remains legal.
A NY Times article recently covered the story of Patricia Leahy, a woman from New York who was fired from her retail job after giving her supervisors a doctor’s note requesting she be allowed to refrain from heavy lifting and climbing ladders. In another recent case, a pregnant Kansas retail worker was fired because she needed, in violation of company policy, to carry a water bottle in order to stay hydrated. In another, a delivery truck driver in Maryland was forced on unpaid leave when her doctor recommended lifting restrictions. Unfortunately, pregnant women who request accommodations at work to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy are left unprotected from termination. A Brooklyn Judge ruled against Leahy, stating that her firing was fair according to the law.
If passed, this bill would help 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.
According to GovTrack.us, the bill currently only has a 3% chance of being enacted. Take a stand and help end this injustice.