Washington, D.C. – Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) Co-Chairs Congresswomen Jackie Speier (CA-14), Lois Frankel (FL-21), and Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), and Vice Chairs Congresswomen Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), and Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) sent a letter signed by 125 of their colleagues to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today, calling for an immediate vote on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
“Despite passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978, which made it illegal to discriminate against workers on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, pregnant workers continue to be forced out of jobs and denied reasonable accommodations. In fact, a 2013 study estimated that 250,000 women per year are denied accommodations, and many more do not ask for the accommodations they need to work and maintain a healthy pregnancy. These include a warehouse employee in Tennessee who suffered a miscarriage after lifting heavy boxes and being denied light duty; a retail worker in Kansas who was fired because she needed to carry a water bottle to stay hydrated; and a hardware assembler in Ohio who was terminated after her doctor recommended she not lift more than 20 pounds,” the Members wrote.
“The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is pro-family legislation that addresses the pervasive and pernicious challenge of workers being pushed out of their jobs and denied reasonable accommodations. It answers the clarion call of women desperate to not have to choose between a healthy pregnancy and a job. As Members of the House, we were proud to support the legislation in a strong, bipartisan vote of 315-101. We are heartened that the legislation has the votes to pass the Senate and stand ready to assist your efforts in advancing the bill to the President’s desk,” the Members wrote.
Wide-ranging support for PWFA includes faith organizations, maternal health groups, business associations, labor unions, women’s and civil rights organizations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Society for Human Resource Management and the National Retail Federation.
A pdf copy of the signed letter is attachd below.
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