Every pregnant worker deserves the opportunity to work to support her family without risking the health of her pregnancy. Yet pregnant workers, especially those in low-wage and physically demanding jobs, are routinely forced to choose between their health and a paycheck.
At the most basic level, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) would provide pregnant workers with reasonable accommodations while on the job to prevent pregnancy complications. It’s a federal bill that has bipartisan support, but just hasn’t been a priority. It certainly should be now. Unfortunately, there have been too many cases where women are forced to stay on their feet, not allowed to carry water, lift heavy boxes, and operate equipment that endangers their pregnancy at critical moments when a doctor has advised a temporary accommodation.
The PWFA should be brought to the floor for a vote as soon as possible. If we can’t get it passed now—on the heels of losing the right to abortion—women should know that Democrats have completely abandoned us.
Take action. The pressure is building to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, read the latest here.
Speak to Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer and demand he and other Senate Democrats PROVE that they take women’s reproductive health seriously. Here’s what you can say:
“I am urging Senator Schumer to support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and rally the Senate in passing the bill as soon as possible. If there was any time to prove that you and the rest of the Democratic Party take reproductive justice and gender equality seriously, it is now. We are at the end of our rope. We don’t want platitudes–we want action. Let me know when there is an update about this critical piece of legislation, which needs to reach the floor immediately.”
You can call Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at (212) 486-4430.
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