(Washington, D.C) Today, Representatives Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and John Katko (R-NY), along with Jamie Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Lucy McBath (D-GA), and Bobby Scott (D-VA), will re-introduce the bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) in the House of Representatives. The PWFA provides a simple, easy-to-apply legal standard that would let pregnant workers continue to do their jobs and support their families by requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for them — just like the law already clearly requires for employees with disabilities. This legislation would offer clarity for employers and employees alike and ensure that pregnant workers are not pushed out of work at a time when they need their income the most.

The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):
“Passing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act should be easy to do, because it just makes good sense. That’s why iconic American companies like Microsoft, Levi Strauss & Co., and Adobe—along with politicians on both sides of the aisle—champion it. They agree with the fundamental principle that no one should ever have to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy. It’s shocking that many women—especially women of color working low-wage jobs—are still routinely forced into that unacceptable box every day. Members of Congress, this is an easy one. It’s time to pass this commonsense bill that’s a win-win for workers and businesses.”

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For immediate release: May 14, 2019
Contact: Inés Rénique (irenique@nwlc.org)

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