Washington, DC - This week, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik cosponsored the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, legislation that she helped pass through the House with bipartisan support in the 116th Congress. The bill enforces the obligation of employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. Modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act adopts an interactive process between employers and pregnant employees to determine appropriate accommodations and minor modifications to job duties. It also prohibits employers from denying employment opportunities to women because of necessary accommodations due to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.
Congresswoman Stefanik issued the following statement: “As millions of women have tragically lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s critical that we strengthen workplace protections for women and pass legislation that will help keep them in the workforce. No woman should ever have to leave her job during pregnancy for being denied the appropriate accommodations she rightfully deserves. The time to finally sign this bill into law is now.”