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What is the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act?

On Behalf of | Nov 9, 2023 | employee rights |

Each year, there are around 5,300 claims of pregnancy discrimination in the United States, according to the University of Massachusetts. To help pregnant employees, there is the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. This law makes sure that pregnant workers get the fair treatment and support they need while on the job.

The main goal of this law is to stop the unfair treatment of pregnant employees. It aids in making work more manageable for pregnant moms while also ensuring their safety and health.

The objective

The core objective of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is to prohibit pregnancy-based discrimination and ensure that pregnant employees receive fair treatment and respect from their employers. Discrimination can take various forms, including denial of reasonable accommodations, termination or unfavorable job assignments. The act addresses these issues directly.


One of the key provisions of the act requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers. This means that if a pregnant employee requires certain adjustments or modifications to her job responsibilities due to pregnancy-related conditions, her employer must make those accommodations, provided they do not pose an undue burden on the company.

These accommodations can vary depending on the needs of the expectant mother. Examples include more frequent restroom breaks, temporary changes in job duties, the ability to sit or stand as needed or lighter lifting requirements. These adjustments ensure that pregnant workers can continue to perform their job responsibilities safely and comfortably throughout their pregnancy.

Raising awareness

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act also aims to raise awareness about the rights of pregnant employees. Employers must notify their workers about their rights under this act, ensuring that pregnant employees are aware of the protections and accommodations available to them during their pregnancy.

A legal framework

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is an important law that helps pregnant employees if they think they have experienced unfair treatment. They can report it to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. They also can take their employer to court for discrimination.

This law is a big step toward making sure pregnant workers receive fair treatment at their jobs. It ensures that pregnant employees get the help they need to keep their jobs and income while they are expecting a baby. It is all about creating a better and fairer workplace for pregnant workers.