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This week marks the 35th anniversary of the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978. Signed into law on Halloween that year by President Jimmy Carter, the PDA was instrumental in ending a longstanding era of the lawful exclusion of pregnant women from the workforce. The Act ushered in an era of unprecedented access for women to jobs before, during, and after pregnancy. This was, and still is, cause for celebration. Yet, pregnant workers today continue to face high levels of discrimination and, more importantly, to lack some basic legal protections that are necessary to enable some women to continue working throughout pregnancy.



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