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from National Women's Law Project:
“Tina,” who is pregnant and works as a health aide in a nursing home, is told by her doctor that she should not lift more than 35 pounds. Her job description requires lifting 40 pounds regularly, but lighter duty jobs, such as answering the phone and working at the reception desk, are available. Nevertheless, her employer stops scheduling her for shifts and tells her she must take unpaid Family Medical Leave, which would run out before the delivery of her baby and leave her without the income she needs to pay the 50% of her medical insurance her employer does not cover. Left with no choice, Tina loses her job.
“Jessica,” who is pregnant and works as a pharmacist’s assistant, needs to sit down occasionally throughout her day. Chairs are available for customers, but the pharmacy does not permit the staff to use them. As a result, Jessica loses her job.
Introduced on May 8, 2012 by Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and other representatives in the House, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would:
- Require employers to make reasonable accommodations to employees who have limitations on the job related to their pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer.
- Prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who need an accommodation.
- Prohibit employers from forcing a pregnant employee to accept an accommodation she does not want.
- Prohibit employers from forcing a pregnant employee to take unpaid or paid leave if a reasonable accommodation is available.
Please contact your representative and tell them that they should support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. To call your representative, dial 202-224-3121 and tell the operator the name of your representative.