There was big news last week but you probably missed it. With all the focus and controversy about the Time breastfeeding cover, there was little attention to the announcement about an issue that we can all agree on. Last Tuesday it was announced that legislation has been proposed that would protect women who need accommodation in the workplace while they are pregnant. Today women are being discriminated against when they ask for accommodations like carrying a water bottle to stay hydrated or using a stool at their work station instead of standing through their entire shift.
Bonnie Rochman does a great job explaining the proposed act in her Time post.
Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Should Expectant Women Be Accommodated in the Workplace?
There are several organizations on board in support of the legislation and I hope you join me in rallying support as well. Since it was just announced last week there aren’t yet a lot of details on how working moms can get involved, but I will keep you posted here. In the meantime, read up on the proposed legislation and contact your Congressmen and Congresswomen to ask for their support. Don’t know who your representative(s) are? Click here and enter your zip code.
Spread the word and get others involved! Let’s support pregnant workers!