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Women Employed achieves passage of pregnancy fairness bill

Tue, Jun 17, 2014

Women Employed (WE) and its coalition members have achieved passage of HB 8, the Illinois Pregnancy Fairness Bill. Modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act, the legislation requires employers to provide accommodations (such as a stool to sit on) for their pregnant workers that they already make for other workers who require temporary adjustments for their health.
WE says the legislation was needed because courts and employers continued to deny pregnant workers these modifications. The advocacy group described a pregnant hotel maid forced to clean 13 rooms in an eight-hour shift; her water broke and her baby was delivered one month early.

Suzanne Hanney, Editor-in-Chief
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