Policy changes, like the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act are important, but aren’t enough. Another necessary part of the solution is ensuring women have access to the legal help they need to defend their rights. For low-income pregnant women who can’t afford a lawyer, the availability of civil legal aid is critical.
October 3, 2016
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Tags: Employment, Workers Rights
Organizations mentioned/involved: First Shift Justice Project
Pregnant women are forced out of the workforce every day. But fortunately for the pregnant restaurant worker and nursing assistant, they were able to fight back with legal help. In both cases, civil legal aid attorneys intervened with the employer, compelling the women’s bosses to respect the workplace rights of their employees.
A major part of the solution is passing stronger laws and policies that protect pregnant employees from such abuse, such as the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which would provide women with a clear right to reasonable accommodations during pregnancy.
But new policies aren’t enough. For low-income pregnant women who can’t afford a lawyer, the availability of civil legal aid is critical.