Washington D.C. – The National Treasury Employees Union applauds House passage of bipartisan legislation to help protect federal employees from discrimination during pregnancy.
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act strengthens procedures and policies to make sure pregnant employees in the public and private sector receive reasonable accommodations in the workplace without retaliation.
NTEU National President Tony Reardon sent letters to members of Congress on Wednesday urging them to vote yes on H.R. 1065. The bill passed the House Friday morning 315-101 and now goes to the Senate.
“Despite existing protections, pregnant workers in the United States still face workplace discrimination and, too often, are denied small accommodations that would enable them to continue doing their job and supporting their families,” Reardon wrote.
The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and has 228 Democratic and Republican co-sponsors.
Reardon wrote that the law would send “a strong message that discrimination against pregnant workers will not be tolerated.”
NTEU represents employees in 34 federal agencies and offices.