Keeping Pregnant Workers on the Job Unanimously Carries the Day in Delaware
Earlier this month I was thrilled to be present as the Delaware Senate unanimously voted in favor of S.B. 212 — the state’s version of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). And yesterday the state House of Representatives followed suit in another unanimous vote on the bill. Once the Governor signs this landmark piece of legislation, Delaware will become the 13th state to provide for workplace accommodations for at least some pregnant workers.
That is where Delaware’s PWFA bill comes in. It will ensure that pregnant women can continue to do their jobs and support their families by making it unmistakably clear that employers have to grant reasonable accommodations to women who are experiencing medical limitations as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions, unless the accommodation would pose an undue hardship for the employer.
Now let’s hope Congress will notice this groundswell of support for ensuring that pregnant workers can stay on the job and earning vital income for their families — and will take the no-brainer step of making the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act the law for the whole country!
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