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Stewart Votes to Protect Pregnant Workers

Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) voted “YES” on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, H.R. 2694. This bill creates a stand-alone law that requires employer to provide a reasonable accommodation to known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Following the vote, Congressman Stewart issued the following statement:

“Women shouldn't have to make the choice between a paycheck and having a family. This bill ensures that pregnant workers are protected and reasonably accommodated in the workplace. All pregnant women deserve the right to work without the fear of losing their job. – Rep. Chris Stewart

More about the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act:

H.R. 2694 declares that it is an unlawful employment practice to:

  • Fail to make reasonable accommodations to known limitations of such job applicants or employees, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on an entity's business operation
  • Deny employment opportunities based on the need of the entity to make such reasonable accommodations to an applicant or employee
  • Require such job applicants or employees to accept an accommodation that they do not want, if such accommodation is unnecessary to perform the job
  • Require such employees to take paid or unpaid leave if another reasonable accommodation can be provided to their known limitations
  • Take adverse action in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment against an employee requesting or using such reasonable accommodations

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