Washington DC- Following a ruling from the Supreme Court in the Young v. UPS pregnancy discrimination case, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that he will introduce and call for a vote on an amendment to the budget that would protect pregnant workers from workplace discrimination. The budget amendment is based upon Casey’s Pregnant Workers Fairness Act which would require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers during their pregnancy.
“While the Court’s decision is a victory for Peggy Young, it still leaves too much uncertainty for other pregnant workers, who still face significant challenges under today’s decision. It is now more important than ever to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to ensure that all workers with medical needs arising out of pregnancy have a right to accommodations,” Senator Casey said. “This budget amendment will allow Congress to speak clearly about the need to streamline the process for pregnant workers to receive reasonable accommodations, thereby reinforcing today’s decision and providing an unmistakable rule for employers to follow.”
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers and prevent employers from forcing women out on leave when another reasonable accommodation would allow them to continue working. The bill also bars employers from denying employment opportunities to women based on their need for reasonable accommodations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.