WASHINGTON, DC – Legislation sponsored by PA U.S. Sen. Bob Casey to help pregnant women has passed the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would require employers to make reasonable accommodations to allow pregnant workers to continue working safely. Employers with 15 or more employees would provide reasonable accommodations that are often low-cost or no cost, unless it poses an undue hardship to the employer. It allows pregnant workers to continue working by ensuring they can have accommodations such as additional bathroom breaks, light duty or a stool to sit on if a pregnant worker stands all day. It would prevent them from being forced out on leave or out of their jobs. The bill also prohibits employers from denying employment opportunities to women based on their need for reasonable accommodations due to childbirth or related medical conditions. The bill now heads to the full U.S. Senate for consideration.

SEN. BOB CASEY