Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA)

Women make up half the US labor force, and that means millions of women every year are working while pregnant.  After all, in 60% of all households, women are either the primary breadwinner or co-breadwinner.  Even when pregnant, most women work up to a few weeks or less before delivery, and return to work after birth very quickly.  In fact, 25% of new moms are back at work within 2 weeks following the birth.

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is proposed federal legislation that would prevent employers from firing pregnant workers or forcing them on to unpaid leave when they can still perform their jobs with reasonable accommodations.  Minimal changes, like allowing extra bathroom breaks, being able to sit down, or carry a water bottle for adequate hydration can and should be implemented when they can keep pregnant women on the job.  Rhode Island, Alaska, California, New Jersey and New York already have laws in place.  It’s time for the all pregnant workers to have the same, regardless of where they live.

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