Statement from Noreen Farrell opposing ruling blocking the enforcement of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

February 29. 2024

For Immediate Release
Feb 29, 2024

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Jess Eagle
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The following is a statement from ERA Executive Director Noreen Farrell:

Equal Rights Advocates vehemently condemns the recent Texas federal court ruling that strips state employees of their rights under the recently enacted Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) signed into law in December 2023. The Court’s enjoinment of PWFA’s enforcement against the State of Texas and its agencies is a blatant slap in the face to thousands of pregnant workers in Texas, already facing a hostile environment for their basic reproductive healthcare needs.

This ruling marks a drastic escalation in the fight to safeguard the rights of pregnant people. Depriving workers of reasonable accommodations and job protections places them at risk of being forced out of work, intensifying the vulnerability of their families. It is crucial to note that the ‘undue burden’ Attorney General Paxton describes is typically providing accommodations, such as a chair, stool, a bottle of water, or more frequent breaks for the pregnant person.

The implications of this ruling are severe, undermining the incremental progress made with the PWFA and perpetuating an environment that dismisses the well-being of pregnant people in the workforce. This setback exacerbates existing inequities and underscores the urgent need for relentless advocacy to secure and protect the rights of pregnant workers.

Equal Rights Advocates staunchly opposes this ruling. We remain unwavering in our commitment to advocate for modern, ethical, equitable, and family-friendly workplace environments.”


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