URGENT: Act now for a strong Pregnant Worker Fairness Act

Photo: Frank de Kleine/Flickr Creative Commons

Photo: Frank de Kleine/Flickr Creative Commons

One of every 10 babies born in Washington now are low birth weight or premature. State legislators are close to passing a Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (ESSB 6149), which will help more babies arrive healthy and thriving by ensuring reasonable workplace accommodations for pregnant women.

Unfortunately, some special-interest groups are trying to weaken the bill by limiting those accommodations to a restrictive list, and exempting non-profit organizations (like many hospitals, other service providers, and well-heeled cultural institutions) where women make up a majority of employees.

Time is running out to get a strong bill passed before the end of the legislative session. Your legislators need to hear from you, and pronto!

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Most women can work well into their pregnancies with only minor accommodations, such as temporary assignment to light duty, additional food or bathroom breaks, or the ability to carry a water bottle or sit while working.

But employers and employees need flexibility when determining what accommodations will work in a particular situation. And no woman should have to choose between keeping her job or keeping herself and her baby healthy.

Please urge your legislators to pass a strong bill that allows flexible accommodations and doesn’t exclude large numbers of working women.

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About waworkfam

The Washington Work and Family Coalition includes representatives of seniors, women, labor, health professionals, children’s advocates, faith communities, low income workers, employers, non-profits and other organizations. We’re working together to make it easier for parents to raise healthy children and care for aging parents; for workers to care for themselves or their partners in the event of a serious illness; and for businesses to offer modern workplace standards that improve productivity and worker health.

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