Rep. Payne, Jr. Votes to Protect Pregnant Women in the Workplace
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Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. voted for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act today. The bill (H.R. 2694) would allow pregnant workers the right to request and receive reasonable workplace accommodations to protect their health and safety while at work. Women are the primary, sole or co- breadwinners in more than half of American households and a growing number of pregnant women must work later into their pregnancies to maintain their family’s financial security. Minority women are particularly vulnerable to health issues in the workplace because too many of them work in low-wage, physically demanding jobs.
“I voted for this bill because we need to protect pregnant women in the workplace,” said Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. “But now we must take the next step. We need a national maternity leave policy to allow women the time they need before and after a pregnancy to care for themselves and their families. It is upsetting to know that we live in a country where woman in the eighth and ninth month of their pregnancies have to work at all.”