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Walberg, Wagner Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Workplace Protections for Pregnant Women

October 18, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (MI-07) and Ann Wagner (MO-02) today introduced H.R. 4738, the Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act, to strengthen protections for pregnant women in the workplace. The legislation modernizes the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) 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,” said Rep. Walberg. “Outdated laws should not stand in the way of ensuring women have full protections and family-friendly policies during their pregnancies.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. 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,” said Rep. Wagner.