In August 2023, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued proposed rules to implement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a new federal civil rights law that will help ensure that no one has to choose between their job and their health or the health of their pregnancy.

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees who have a known limitation due to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation poses an undue hardship to the employer. The law requires the EEOC to issue rules to implement the law. The EEOC’s proposed rules provide key interpretations and examples to help make the protections guaranteed by the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act accessible to workers.

On October 10, 2023, NWLC submitted a comment to the EEOC supporting the proposed rule and offering recommendations to help ensure strong implementation of the law, especially for workers of color and workers in low-paid jobs. In addition, we coordinated a comment letter from over 4,900 individuals – from all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico –  in support of the proposed rule.