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house Bill H.R. 1065

Should It Be Illegal for Employers to Not Provide Reasonable Accommodations for Workers With Limitations Due to Pregnancy?

Argument in favor

Employers should make reasonable accommodations to help new mothers and pregnant women feel comfortable in the workplace, and those that decline to do so or refuse to hire such workers should face punishments.

larubia's Opinion
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05/14/2021
This wouldn’t even be a question if men got pregnant.
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jimK's Opinion
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05/14/2021
So long as pregnancy does not permanently interfere with a person’s ability to reasonably do the job for which they are hired for or being considered for hiring of, of course they must be reasonably accommodated. For example, I think a pregnant jack hammer operator might have to take leave or be reassigned to other duties because of the employer liability; I would suppose, the jack hammer would be a significant health risk, no matter how much the pregnant operator wants to continue working. … … … It is not that people ‘afflicted’ with pregnancy are contagious nor is the ‘affliction’ of pregnancy some kind of rare condition that requires excessive resources to accommodate. Many people getting vasectomies need a day or two to recover which is accommodated despite being a bit more rare of an ‘affliction’. I think the American family plan with assured paid time off for family care givers is kind of a related concept that gives people the time that they need to care for family members without unduly penalizing them because of the need to care for themselves or their loved ones. The broad definition of what constitutes a ‘reasonable accommodation’ needs some work to prevent employers, employees and especially money sucking lawyers from exploiting the vagueness of what ‘reasonable’ means in this context.
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DebbieLynn's Opinion
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05/14/2021
Gotta love that the people who claim to be “PRO-LIFE” want to make it HARDER for women who choose to keep their babies. The hypocrisy of the GQPigs & Trumpturd’s is infinite!!!! Seriously you people are beyond reproach. (Find a dictionary morons)
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Argument opposed

While much of this bill is bipartisan, the omission of a longstanding protection for religious organizations is problematic because it could force such groups to choose between actions that conflict with their faith and with federal law.

burrkitty's Opinion
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05/15/2021
It already is. Use the law on the books already.
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Ronald's Opinion
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05/13/2021
No. Make government smaller, less restrictive. Free American Citizens from Government overreach.
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JTJ's Opinion
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05/13/2021
This is not the job of the federal government. This is a state issue at best.
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    This wouldn’t even be a question if men got pregnant.
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    It already is. Use the law on the books already.
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    So long as pregnancy does not permanently interfere with a person’s ability to reasonably do the job for which they are hired for or being considered for hiring of, of course they must be reasonably accommodated. For example, I think a pregnant jack hammer operator might have to take leave or be reassigned to other duties because of the employer liability; I would suppose, the jack hammer would be a significant health risk, no matter how much the pregnant operator wants to continue working. … … … It is not that people ‘afflicted’ with pregnancy are contagious nor is the ‘affliction’ of pregnancy some kind of rare condition that requires excessive resources to accommodate. Many people getting vasectomies need a day or two to recover which is accommodated despite being a bit more rare of an ‘affliction’. I think the American family plan with assured paid time off for family care givers is kind of a related concept that gives people the time that they need to care for family members without unduly penalizing them because of the need to care for themselves or their loved ones. The broad definition of what constitutes a ‘reasonable accommodation’ needs some work to prevent employers, employees and especially money sucking lawyers from exploiting the vagueness of what ‘reasonable’ means in this context.
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    Gotta love that the people who claim to be “PRO-LIFE” want to make it HARDER for women who choose to keep their babies. The hypocrisy of the GQPigs & Trumpturd’s is infinite!!!! Seriously you people are beyond reproach. (Find a dictionary morons)
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    We are the only industrialized nation who does not take care of their employees. Many companies no longer offer a retirement package, and Do not provide sick leave, maternity leave, family leave. Limit holidays, limit vacation time. We can all thank the glorious Reagan administration for giving permission to reduce all benefits and pay raises for employees. People think Democrats and their tiny employee proposals are socialistic but far from it. Time for companies to return taking care of their money makers.
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    It is shameful that we need legislation to force reasonable work accommodations for pregnant people. Women in our country often end up with the “short end of the stick” on a variety of issues rather than equality or equity. Yes, it should be illegal not to provide accommodation for pregnancy, birth and recovery.
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    Our country is very behind when it comes to gender equality in the workplace. Many employers still punish women for having families, by paying them less, denying accommodations, and providing very little time off. Our workforce can never be great until we catch up with most of the Western World by taking better care of mothers and families, including by providing paternity leave when asked. This is a good start.
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    Pregnancy is a health issue and needs to be treated as such.
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    I thought we already had a law protecting pregnant women in the workplace? If there are missing pieces like enforcement then it needs updating. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) (1978) is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: 1) forbids discrimination based on pregnancy when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, such as leave and health insurance, and any other term or condition of employment. 2) If a woman is temporarily unable to perform her job due to a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth, the employer or other covered entity must treat her in the same way as it treats any other temporarily disabled employee. Claims have been filed for 40+ years with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). A 15 year period from 1997 to 2011 had 6,000 claims which is a 50% increase over the 4,000 claims from before 1997 while 2012 to 2017 saw little change in the number of claims. In addition, 23 states and Washington, D.C., have passed laws expanding protections for pregnant women in the workplace. https://www.eeoc.gov/pregnancy-discrimination https://9to5.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Pregnancy-Discrimination-Act.pdf https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/news/2018/11/02/460353/efforts-combat-pregnancy-discrimination/ https://schac.sc.gov/sites/default/files/Documents/HAC/Employment%20Discrimination/fs-preg.pdf
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    [Updated to Include Link to the Full Text of the Bill] Representatives, You are most strongly urged to support H.R.1065 - Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. It is a very well-written piece of legislation that prohibits employers from refusing to make reasonable accommodations for qualified employees affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions . This bill focuses on one type of discrimination against pregnant employees: refusal to make accommodations. Other types of discrimination include but are not limited to * Refusal to Hire * Harassment * Changing Employment Opportunities. * Denying or Restricting FMLA Leave * Firing Since the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act went into effect, we've had even high-profile “businessmen” like Michael Blomberg face credible allegations of abusive words and behaviors toward pregnant employees; consequently, we can easily imagine that kind of behavior, and much, much worse in government and companies large and small across the country. We can easily find accounts among extended families, friends, and anecdotally on the world wide web. Is there overlap? Probably, but I leave that to legal scholars. In general, it's best to give district attorneys the tools needed to protect our fellow citizens and prosecute offenders. See Summary H.R.1065 - 117th Congress (2021-2022): Pregnant Workers Fairness Act | Congress.gov | Library of Congress https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1065 Full Text Text - H.R.1065 - 117th Congress (2021-2022): Pregnant Workers Fairness Act | Congress.gov | Library of Congress https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1065/text Mike Bloomberg has been battling women’s allegations of sexist, profane comments for years https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/politics/michael-bloomberg-women/ Also, see Fact Sheet on Recent EEOC Pregnancy-Discrimination Litigation | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission http://www.eeoc.gov/fact-sheet-recent-eeoc-pregnancy-discrimination-litigation I think the bill does address questions like @jimK's what-about questions like jack hammer operator.
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    It is shameful that this needs to be discussed.
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    No. Make government smaller, less restrictive. Free American Citizens from Government overreach.
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    Surprised the “save the children” crowd is on the fence about this.
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    All other wealthy, democratic countries have some form of help or pregnant employees. There is no reasonable argument against this. Yes, the employer didn't ask for the pregnancy. But that's stupid; because a woman is pregnant does not mean she can not do her job. A woman can do her job. Pregnancy leave is another top issue. Will one month off of work for one employee harm you soooo much that you just HAVE to make sure she works herself until the very day she is due? That is dangerous for both the woman and the child, and the wellbeing of both. The 'pro-lifers' who are INSISTING that if you are pregnant, you must have the child are SO HYPOCRITICAL because if the woman has the child, okay, she needs to be able to support her child. If she is not protected by the law, she could be fired and would be left destitute to care for a child that YOU forced her to have through anti-abortion laws (which are not popular or well liked). The absolute sexism and idiocy that surround the opposing argument for this issue are infuriating. Support women. They have done absolutely nothing to you. They WILL have their child, or they won't. But either way, you should support them. Having paid family leave, good support systems, and a not toxic workplace will help and improve the relationship between the employer and the employee. Every developer country has this. They have managed to not go bankrupt. In fact, they have managed to help their employees and improve company culture and their country's attitude to pregnancy. It is idiotic to suggest that this isn't an intelligent decision. So shut up and pass a law. Pass twenty. But make sure it happens.
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    Employers should treat pregnant women as temporary disabled and should by ADA supply reasonable accommodation(s).
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    This is not the job of the federal government. This is a state issue at best.
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    Pregnancy is not considered a disability unless the employee's performance is hampered due to the pregnancy. In that case, the pregnancy should be treated as any other disability. It is unfortunate that the government has to monitor so many problems in the work places but someone has to protect the rights of the workers.
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    Pregnant women must not be put at risk of losing their jobs or full work hours simply because of temporary physical limitations during pregnancy and early post-childbirth. Discrimination against an employee due to pregnancy status is wrong and immoral—and should be illegal.
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    It is an accepted social norm to make accommodations for pregnant women, as it should be. A pregnant woman’s body goes through massive changes in short amount of time and I think people appreciate this and are willing to make allowances. Employers may take issue with frequent bathroom breaks, necessary due to the baby tap dancing on her bladder. These needs being met in an environment of stress can impact the health and welfare of the mom. It should be illegal for employers to punish pregnant employees for attending to their physical needs.
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    Please support this bill, one more step towards equality!
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