This week, I voted in support of H.R. 2694, the bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which creates national standards to prevent employers from forcing pregnant women out of the workplace. I am a co-sponsor of this legislation. 

Discrimination of any type should not be tolerated, and that’s why federal anti-discrimination laws concerning pregnant workers should be expanded. I’m proud to co-sponsor and vote for the bipartisan PWFA so pregnant workers can remain in the workplace and work to ensure their pregnancies are healthy while on the job. I urge the Senate to pass this legislation so the President can sign it into law.

The PWFA is closely modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), prevents employers from forcing pregnant women out of the workplace. Often, employers will place pregnant workers on unpaid leave, fire them, or force them to quit when they are denied the reasonable accommodations that they need to continue working safely during their pregnancies. The PWFA ensures that, where an employer can provide a reasonable accommodation such as a minor job modification to allow a woman to continue working, the employer must do so, unless it would pose an undue hardship on the employer. This law will ensure that women nationwide can continue contributing to a healthy and productive economy while having healthy pregnancies.

Learn more about this legislation here.