Adrian Daily Telegram: Walberg co-sponsors legislation to strengthen workplace protections for pregnant women
October 19, 2019
Tim In The News
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, introduced a bill Friday to update a 1978 law regarding discrimination of pregnant women.
Walberg, along with Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., introduced the Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act, to strengthen protections for pregnant women in the workplace, according to a news release. The legislation modernizes the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 by clarifying that a pregnant worker shall receive a workplace accommodation similar to a non-pregnant worker, who is similar in their temporary ability or inability to perform a workplace duty.
“There’s absolutely no room for pregnancy discrimination in the workplace,” Walberg said in the release. “Outdated laws should not stand in the way of ensuring women have full protections and family-friendly policies during their pregnancies. That’s why our bill puts stronger safeguards in place to meet the needs of women as they prepare to bring new life into the world.”
“It is unconscionable that women who become pregnant often have to fight to be treated equally under the law in the workplace,” Wagner said in the release. “Most working women continue to work throughout their pregnancy, and employers should not discriminate against those who are undertaking one of life’s most important privileges and responsibilities and raising the next generation. I am very pleased to support this legislation that will afford pregnant women the same protections as their coworkers and support growing families at what is a joyous yet challenging time.”
Discrimination by employers against pregnant employees and job applicants has been in the news recently as Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has discussed on the campaign trail losing her first teaching job in 1971 when she was pregnant.
This article originally appeared in the October 19 edition of the Adrian Daily Telegram.