Congress Passes New Critical Protections for Pregnant Workers
On December 22, 2022, the Senate passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). Advocates for fair and equitable working conditions for pregnant workers have been fighting for passage of this Act over the past ten years and the bill is finally on its way to the White House after strong bipartisan support.
When a worker is pregnant, they may face difficult challenges at work. Oftentimes, they are asked to perform job duties that put their health and safety at risk; they may have their pay reduced or be required to take unpaid leave; or they could be terminated from their position because of their condition. These are all types of discrimination and retaliation the PWFA now prohibits.
The PWFA is intended to protect pregnant workers from experiencing this kind of treatment at a time when they need stability and security in their job the most.
If you are experiencing discrimination or retaliation on the basis of your pregnancy or other protected status, contact Kitzer Rochel. Our experienced employment law attorneys would be happy to discuss your case and understand your legal rights and options.