Democratic House members from New York and California are pushing a bill that would mandate special privileges to women who wish to remain in the workplace and maintain a healthy pregnancy.

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would require 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.

Introduced by Reps. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and Susan Davis, D-Calif., the legilsation has garnered support from a number of labor and advocacy organizations, including the AFL-CIO, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the National Organization for Women Foundation.

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