In a show of strong bipartisan support (73-24), the Senate voted on Thursday to include the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) in the Senate version of the 2023 financial omnibus bill. Today, the House passed the bill and it is now on the way to the White House, clearing the act’s path to law after a 10-year fight. The National Employment Lawyers Association praises the success of this critical piece of legislation that positively impacts pregnant workers in all industries across the nation. NELA members were a key component of the coalition that led this battle, and we are thankful both for your efforts and dedication to workers’ rights.
This is a remarkable end-of-year accomplishment for all those who have fought for the PWFA’s passage. Pregnant workers across the country, particularly those in low-income jobs and in the service industries, have faced heartbreaking challenges when requesting accommodations in the name of their health—many forced into unsafe working conditions, reduced pay, unpaid leave, or termination. Our members have seen firsthand the devastation pregnancy discrimination inflicts on pregnant workers and their families, and your advocacy and support has brought about real, tangible change.
No worker should have to choose between risking their job and risking their health or pregnancy. The PWFA, which garnered widespread bipartisan support throughout the country from workers advocates to chambers of commerce to religious employers, ensures that pregnant workers will have better working conditions while protecting their income at a time when they need it most.
NELA celebrates this hard-fought victory, which represents another significant milestone in the fight for fair and equitable conditions for workers.