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Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

When Pregnancy And Working Puts You At Risk

MotherWoman | Posted 07.21.2016 | Impact

Eighteen years ago, I was pregnant and working at a high heat tape factory in Holyoke, MA. I was a hard worker, well respected by my co-workers and eager to stay employed for my full pregnancy.

Pregnant and Jobless: Pregnant Women Still Choose Between Paycheck and a Healthy Pregnancy

Dina Bakst | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
Dina Bakst

he PWFA would afford pregnant workers with limitations arising from pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions the same clear and familiar right to accommodations as workers with disabilities. They, too, deserve to participate fully in the American Dream.

Fight for Workplace Equity for Women: Mothers Break Their Silence

MotherWoman | Posted 07.21.2016 | Impact

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H 1769) would prohibit an employer to deny reasonable accommodations of a job applicant or employee related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions if the employee or applicant so requests, unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship.

Support Is Growing for Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

MotherWoman | Posted 05.07.2016 | Impact

A growing group of organizations is joining Hadley-based MotherWoman in the push to protect pregnant women from workplace discrimination by passing the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

Supreme Court Decision Underscores Need for Mass. Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

MotherWoman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents

The United States Supreme Court today issued a decision that bolsters the case for the passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) in Massachusetts. The legislation is sponsored by Hadley-based MotherWoman and supported by a coalition of advocacy organizations across the state.

Women's Equality Matters

Debra L. Ness | Posted 10.27.2014 | Women
Debra L. Ness

Women's equality matters because every American deserves quality, affordable, patient-centered health care and efforts to provide that remain under attack, as does the birth control coverage and access to reproductive health services that women need.

America's Families Expect and Deserve Better: 31 States Get Grades of 'D' or 'F' in New Study

Debra L. Ness | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

A growing body of evidence shows that ensuring new parents and all workers have access to family friendly policies like paid sick days and paid family and medical leave has widespread benefits for the health and economic security of families and the strength of businesses and the economy.

Laura Bassett

Fired Single Mom Asks Senate Why Women Don't Have Workplace Protections | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Armanda Legros, a single mother in Queens, New York, was six and a half months pregnant with her second son in 2012 when she lost her jo...

#WhatMothersNeed This Mother's Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women
Debra L. Ness

So, although flowers, brunch and other gifts are a fine way to show the mothers in your life that you care, take some time this Mother's Day to think about the challenges facing America's mothers and families.

Then and Now: Pregnancy Discrimination Hurts Women and Their Families

Debra L. Ness | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Debra L. Ness

Pregnant women tend to be forced out of their jobs or fired because their employers refuse to make minor accommodations that would enable them to continue working. This discrimination is shameful and does real harm to women and their families at a time when they badly need wages.

NYC Shows the Way on Pregnant Workers' Rights

Dina Bakst | Posted 09.25.2013 | New York
Dina Bakst

New York City has just given an important boost to the rights of pregnant workers with a new law that will ensure that women across the five boroughs ...

Messages That Matter This Mother's Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.10.2013 | Women
Debra L. Ness

These messages -- and they really only scratch the surface of the challenges America's working mothers face -- illustrate the incredible strength and resilience of mothers who hold jobs in this country. But they also reveal a stark and unacceptable reality

American Women Deserve the 'Kate Treatment'

Joan Williams | Posted 02.04.2013 | Women
Joan Williams

When women become pregnant in America, they face a strong possibility that their employers will fire them rather than permit more frequent bathroom breaks, place them on light duty, change their shifts, or allow them to work in departments that are "always looking for help."

Christina Wilkie

Workplace Pregnancy Bill Moves Ahead | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.26.2012 | Business

When Heather Wiseman began to suffer from bladder infections as a result of her pregnancy, the Walmart sales associate started carrying a water bottle...

This Labor Day, Let's Ask Congress to Stop Employers from Discriminating Against Pregnant Workers

Debra L. Ness | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

This Labor Day, all members of Congress should think about what's at stake for women, families and our economy when discrimination against pregnant workers goes unaddressed.

This Mother's Day, Stand Up for Expecting Moms

Dina Bakst | Posted 07.08.2012 | Parents
Dina Bakst

No pregnant worker should be forced to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy.