We get calls all the time. Calls from pregnant workers whose employers have given them an impossible choice: They can either lose their jobs or endanger their pregnancies. When it comes to pregnant workers, employers and courts are misunderstanding the law.
Enough is enough. Tell the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to issue strong and clear guidance on reasonable job accommodations for the pregnant workers who need them.
Request for Guidance for Pregnant Workers
I urge you to issue strong and clear guidance on employers' legal obligation to accommodate pregnant workers under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
Three-quarters of women entering the labor force will be pregnant and employed at some point in their lives. While many women will work through their pregnancies with no need for changes in their jobs, others will need temporary adjustments to job rules or duties as a result of pregnancy -- such as taking additional bathroom breaks, being allowed to sit instead of stand, or honoring a lifting restriction. But without clear guidance about the impact of recent changes in law, employers are often illegally treating pregnant workers worse than those with similar limitations arising out of disability or injury. Employers are also refusing to accommodate pregnancy-related impairments, even when these impairments should be considered disabilities. As a result, women and their families pay a steep price when pregnant workers are pushed out of jobs at the moment they can least afford it. Please clear up the confusion by making employers' legal obligation to accommodate pregnant workers strong and clear.
I look forward to your response.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]