The legislation, sponsored by State Sen. Patrick O’Connor, requires employers to provide safe and reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees.
Gov. Charlie Baker approved the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Thursday afternoon, according to staffers assigned to state Sen. Patrick O’Connor, R-Weymouth.
The legislation, sponsored by O’Connor, requires employers to provide safe and reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees.
“The passage of this bill is a no-brainer for both economic and moral reasons,” O’Connor said in a written statement Tuesday. “We are far better off as a community when we remove any barriers that exist to entering or remaining in the workforce. The commonsense protections laid out in this bill will ensure that pregnancy is no longer a hindrance to women seeking to advance their careers.”
The legislation makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against, refuse to employ, or terminate an individual due to pregnancy or a condition related to pregnancy, including lactation or the need to breast feed a nursing child.
State Attorney General Maura Healy said approval of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act by Baker is an important step towards achieving equality in the workplace.
“We know that 75 percent of women will be pregnant at some point in their working lives and too often they are forced out of their jobs – or forced to take absences from work – at a time when they and their families need the income and job stability the most,” Healy said in a written statement.This law will help ensure that employers provide reasonable accommodations to address the needs of pregnant women and nursing mothers. I applaud Speaker DeLeo, Senate President Rosenberg and the House and Senate for passing this legislation, and thank Governor Baker for signing it into law today.”
Reasonable accommodations an employer must provide a pregnant worker under the legislation may…