A few months ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled that employers cannot impose a “significant burden” on pregnant workers and that an employer is not justified in making accommodations for a large percentage of non-pregnant workers, while denying the same kinds of accommodations to pregnant workers. This is a huge step in the right direction.
While California’s laws already protect pregnant workers much more than many other states, the next step is for Congress to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a federal bill modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires employers to make reasonable, temporary accommodations for pregnant workers who need them, as long as doing so won’t be an undue hardship for the employer.
The American Civil Liberties Union recently posted a great article about why this new law wouldn’t just benefit pregnant workers, but all workers. Check out their top 10 reasons here: