Press Release

Pregnant Women Still Face Discrimination on the Job, 40 Years After Passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act

Posted on October 31, 2018

(Washington, D. C.) The following is a statement by Emily Martin, Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice at the National Women’s Law Center:

“Forty years after the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, pregnant women still face discrimination on the job. From offices and sales floors to warehouses and factory floors, pregnant workers are too often denied temporary job modifications to address their medical needs—like keeping a water bottle on hand during work hours or avoiding heavy lifting duties. This can lead to pregnant workers being pushed out of work at the moment they can least afford it. Congress must finally act to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to ensure that pregnant workers aren’t forced to choose between a paycheck and a healthy pregnancy.”

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For immediate release:  October 31, 2018

Contact:  Maria Patrick (mpatrick@nwlc.org) or Olympia Feil (ofeil@nwlc.org)

It's time for change, and we must act now. Time's up.