[Pittsburgh] A law change to end pregnancy discrimination [Pittsburgh] A law change to end pregnancy discrimination

[Pittsburgh] A law change to end pregnancy discrimination
11 Mar 2019

Pittsburgh City leaders have announced moves to fight and stop pregnancy discrimination against workers, WPXI (Channel 11) reports.

New legislation before Pittsburgh City Council looks to “explicitly prohibit employment discrimination against pregnant individuals, those seeking to become pregnant, and their partners before, during, and after the nine-month gestation period and after childbirth,” the press release states. Pittsburgh will become one of the first places in the US to offer employment protections for the partners of employees who are pregnant if the change to city code passes.

The legislation asks employers to consider changes to employees’ workspaces, when needed, and more flexible working hours. A supporting guide for employers was released by the City of Pittsburgh’s Commission on Human Relations when City Council member Erika Strassburger proposed the law change. Employment protection for workers attending appointments or having procedures related to their pregnancy - before, during, and after birth - is included.

“Employees should not be forced to choose between their livelihood and their reproductive decisions. My legislation ensures that pregnant workers, regardless of whether they work in a corporate office, a retail store or a warehouse, can work in a safe and comfortable environment, attend medical appointments and sustain a healthy pregnancy without fear of losing their job or benefits,” Ms. Strassburger said.

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Pittsburgh City leaders have announced moves to fight and stop pregnancy discrimination against workers, WPXI (Channel 11) reports.

New legislation before Pittsburgh City Council looks to “explicitly prohibit employment discrimination against pregnant individuals, those seeking to become pregnant, and their partners before, during, and after the nine-month gestation period and after childbirth,” the press release states. Pittsburgh will become one of the first places in the US to offer employment protections for the partners of employees who are pregnant if the change to city code passes.

The legislation asks employers to consider changes to employees’ workspaces, when needed, and more flexible working hours. A supporting guide for employers was released by the City of Pittsburgh’s Commission on Human Relations when City Council member Erika Strassburger proposed the law change. Employment protection for workers attending appointments or having procedures related to their pregnancy - before, during, and after birth - is included.

“Employees should not be forced to choose between their livelihood and their reproductive decisions. My legislation ensures that pregnant workers, regardless of whether they work in a corporate office, a retail store or a warehouse, can work in a safe and comfortable environment, attend medical appointments and sustain a healthy pregnancy without fear of losing their job or benefits,” Ms. Strassburger said.

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