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Momentum Gaining for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, Buoyed by California’s Success, says Equal Rights Advocates

July 12, 2012 | by
July 12, 2012

Noreen Farrell, Executive Director- Equal Rights Advocates, 415-575-2398;

San Francisco—Equal Rights Advocates announced today that the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) has reached the 100 co-sponsor mark and continues to build support nationally. The PWFA would ensure that pregnant women are not forced out of jobs unnecessarily or denied reasonable job modifications that would allow them to continue working. The bill was introduced by Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Susan Davis (D-CA) on May 8, 2012 and is supported by Equal Rights Advocates and other women’s advocacy organizations, unions, and business groups.

“California has led the nation in requiring reasonable accommodations to allow pregnant women to keep working as long as they are willing and able and it is high time for the federal government to follow suit by passing this legislation,” stated Noreen Farrell, Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, a national legal advocacy organization for women and girls. A recent study by Equal Rights Advocates, highlighting California’s 12 years of experience with a similar law, shows that litigation and discrimination claims decreased and that pregnancy accommodations often involve practices helpful to all employees and can benefit an employer’s bottom line.

To learn more about the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and ERA’s Report, Expecting a Baby Not A Lay-Off: Why Federal Law Should Require the Reasonable Accommodation of Pregnant Workers, see

The legislation has the support of a broad coalition of civil rights and women’s advocacy organizations, unions, and business associations, including: A Better Balance; the AFL-CIO; the American Association of University Women; the American Civil Liberties Union; the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; California Women’s Law Center; Equal Rights Advocates; Hadassah; the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center; Legal Momentum; the Main Street Alliance; the National Partnership for Women & Families; the National Organization for Women Foundation; the National Women’s Law Center; and many others.

Equal Rights Advocates is a nonprofit legal organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls.

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