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Last week, Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The bill, if passed into law, would guarantee pregnant women the right to reasonable accommodation when the short-term physical effects of pregnancy conflict with the demands of a particular job, as long as the accommodation does not impose an undue hardship on the employer.

In this column, I’ll explain the protections that already are part of pregnancy discrimination law, the ways in which courts have unjustifiably narrowed those protections, and the realities of the situations of pregnant women at work that make existing interpretations of the law insufficient.



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