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Research Library: Pregnancy Discrimination

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Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help New Parents

REPORT | A comprehensive analysis of state laws and regulations governing paid leave and workplace rights for new parents in the United States.


Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers: State Laws

A summary of existing state laws that require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers.


Listening to Mothers: The Experiences of Expecting and New Mothers in the Workplace

DATA BRIEF | Holding a job is the new normal for pregnant women in the United States, but many encounter significant barriers to success on the job and at home, according to a survey of new and expecting mothers.


Know Your Rights: Pregnancy Discrimination

A guide to understanding the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and your right to work and seek employment free from discrimination based on pregnancy.


The Pregnancy Discrimination Act at 35

FACT SHEET | The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 was an important step toward workplace equality for America’s women, but pregnancy discrimination persists. It is well past time to fulfill the law's promise.


Workplace Fairness Agenda for the 113th Congress

A review of concrete steps the 113th Congress can and should take to prohibit discrimination and expand opportunities and eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace.


Leveling the Playing Field

FACT SHEET | The connection between the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.


Coalition for Quality Maternity Care Letter Endorsing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Dear Representative Nadler: On behalf of the Coalition for Quality Maternity Care (CQMC), a coalition of national professional, consumer, and human rights organizations that promote high quality maternity care for all women and newborns, we write to thank you for your efforts to address pregnancy discrimination and promote healthy pregnancies by championing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R.5647). The CQMC is proud to endorse this legislation that would promote the health and economic security of pregnant women, their babies, and their families.


Letter to Congress from the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, in support of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce is the leading advocate on women's economic issues. Our members - both business owners and careerists - respect the needs of women to support themselves and their families. Today, more than ever, it is important that women workers have work environments where they can remain productive and earning income for their families.


Fact Sheet: The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Despite existing protections against discrimination, pregnant workers in this country still face discrimination every day. Pregnant workers are forced out of their jobs and denied reasonable accommodations that would enable them to continue working and supporting their families.


Why We Need the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Stories of Real Women

This document provides accounts of pregnant workers who were denied minor adjustments to their job duties that they needed to continue safely working throughout pregnancy. It also explains the painful health and economic consequences to these workers and their families.


Amicus Brief for the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals: Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.

Appellant Peggy Young, a driver for United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) delivering packages sent by air, asked her employer for a “light duty” assignment after her doctor recommended that she not lift more than twenty pounds while pregnant.


U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission Meeting on Pregnancy and Caregiver Discrimination: Testimony of Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor, 2/15/2012

My name is Judith Lichtman, and I am Senior Advisor for the National Partnership for Women & Families. I greatly appreciate this opportunity to speak to you today about the persistent problem of workplace discrimination against pregnant women and caregivers.


The Pregnancy Discrimination Act: Where We Stand 30 Years Later

Pregnancy discrimination complaints are on the rise – and have been for a very long time...


Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (S. 942/H.R. 1975) Section-by-Section

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act will ensure that pregnant workers are not forced out of their jobs unnecessarily or denied reasonable accommodations that would allow them to keep working and supporting their families.


Pregnant Workers Need the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Despite existing protections, pregnant workers in this country still face discrimination. Pregnant workers are forced out of their jobs and denied reasonable accommodations that would enable them to continue working and supporting their families.


Time and Place to Pump at Work

Study after study shows that breast-feeding can help lead to healthy outcomes for children, and now a new study shows that it saves tremendously on health care costs.


Reasonable Break Time for Nursing Mothers

Section 4207 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gives covered women workers the right to reasonable break times and a private location to express milk at work.


Conozca Sus Derechos: Discriminacion Por Embarazo

Muchas mujeres reciben un trato injusto en el trabajo o cuando buscan trabajo por el hecho de estar embarazadas o porque un empleador piense que se puedan quedar embarazadas. Quizá esto le haya ocurrido a usted.


The Pregnancy Discrimination Act: 25 Years Later

October 31st, 2003 marked the 25th anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA).1 Enacted in 1978, the PDA amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to clarify that the prohibition against sex discrimination in employment includes discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions.


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