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senate Bill S. 1512

Do Pregnant Workers and Job Seekers Need Additional Accommodations?

Argument in favor

Women who are pregnant and either in the workforce or are looking for work shouldn’t face discrimination. The federal government needs to create and enforce these laws to ensure that pregnant women receive fair treatment in the workforce.

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10/14/2015
Whoever said that the answer to pregnant women entering the workforce is contraceptives is either blithely unaware that some people actually do enjoy children or that contraceptives don't always work. In short, think before you type ridiculous things on forums that have nothing to do with the issue being discussed.
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Nikki's Opinion
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11/26/2015
Apparently, the existing laws do not adequately protect pregnant workers. They are forced to take unpaid time if they can't perform their normal job functions. I work in a blue collar industry and I have seen this happen to coworkers. This bill would protect working class women
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operaman's Opinion
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09/18/2015
Job seekers and pregnant women should continue what they have been doing for millennia. Our Federal Government wants an excuse to start a new billion dollar program with hundreds of thousands of new employees to collect more billions in fines. Our National government no longer hides in dark places in D.C. Just look a the Socialist Presidential candidate Sander who is at least honest by telling the electorate of his $1,000,000,000,000 programs.
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Argument opposed

There are already discrimination laws that can be used to protect pregnant workers and job seekers, including the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. This bill is well-intentioned, but unnecessary.

BTSundra's Opinion
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10/20/2015
Why should they be given any special treatment? Everybody struggles.
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David's Opinion
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03/18/2016
The problem is the use of the language in "reasonable accommodation". Workers and employers routinely disagree as to the nature of such accommodations. Experience tells us that regulators take such broad language and interpret it in ways that lawmakers never intended. The laws already on the books for protecting pregnant women in the workforce should be sufficient.
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MerIdaVal's Opinion
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10/26/2015
An employer should have the right to decide who they want as an employee. In a free country, employers have the right to be dirtbags. Don't like it? Don't buy their products or work there.
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    Whoever said that the answer to pregnant women entering the workforce is contraceptives is either blithely unaware that some people actually do enjoy children or that contraceptives don't always work. In short, think before you type ridiculous things on forums that have nothing to do with the issue being discussed.
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    Why should they be given any special treatment? Everybody struggles.
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    Apparently, the existing laws do not adequately protect pregnant workers. They are forced to take unpaid time if they can't perform their normal job functions. I work in a blue collar industry and I have seen this happen to coworkers. This bill would protect working class women
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    Job seekers and pregnant women should continue what they have been doing for millennia. Our Federal Government wants an excuse to start a new billion dollar program with hundreds of thousands of new employees to collect more billions in fines. Our National government no longer hides in dark places in D.C. Just look a the Socialist Presidential candidate Sander who is at least honest by telling the electorate of his $1,000,000,000,000 programs.
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    Totally agree. Time this country looks at pregnancy as a part of life in work life. Need paid time off after and for delivery
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    Feminism ain't about equality. It's about doing it right this time. Treat women as well as you'd treat your wife, mother, or daughter.
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    An employer should have the right to decide who they want as an employee. In a free country, employers have the right to be dirtbags. Don't like it? Don't buy their products or work there.
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    The problem is the use of the language in "reasonable accommodation". Workers and employers routinely disagree as to the nature of such accommodations. Experience tells us that regulators take such broad language and interpret it in ways that lawmakers never intended. The laws already on the books for protecting pregnant women in the workforce should be sufficient.
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    There are already laws for this kind of thing; I would also consider a pregnant employee you already have a more logical choice for accommodation than an applicant whom you may never even see again after the interview.
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    If it's a reasonable accommodation and the employee can still accomplish their core roles, then absolutely
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    Not a function of government to dictate
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    An employer should have the right to choose whether he hires a pregnant woman or not. He needs an employee that will be there to work. If he hires her, when she has the child, he is then forced to keep that position open for her for a period of time. If he doesn't have that employee to do that work, who is going to do it? You? He than has to hire temporary help and train them, after training this new employee who left after a few months to have a child. Then when she comes back he has to spend time to retrain her. This is not a viable option and very costly for many businesses.
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    Employers should be given a choice on their hiring and expectant mothers need time to recover from birth, so maternity leave should also be required to prepare an adequate home and adjusting to a new member in the home. I do not see any reason why someone more than 7 months pregnant wouldn't want to take time off.
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    Owners of businesses and job applicants must be free to choose, on their own, what exchange of value works for each of them and their situation.
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    Keep government out of business.
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    Makes sense.
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    Without these we're as good as a third world country.
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    Existing laws may cover this, but law enforcement needs a clarification.
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    Yes, because employers tend abuse the terms "reasonable accommodation" and "other duties as assigned" the language needs to be revamped to say something in effect as to what ever as doctors, physician's and/or practioner recommends. Employers would rather violate the employee because the employer knows and abuses the grievance process.
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    This is a no-brainier! We need to have workplaces that take the needs of workers into account -- ALL workers!
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