Allred Votes for Bipartisan Bill to Protect Pregnant Workers in North Texas

May 14, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) voted to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to prohibit employers from firing or otherwise discriminating against pregnant workers and to require that workplaces make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees to ensure they are safe and comfortable while on the job. The legislation, which Allred co-sponsored, passed the House with bipartisan support.

“As a dad, I know the joys and anxieties that come with a growing family, and no one should be fired or discriminated against just because they’re pregnant,” said Allred. “The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act makes sure that pregnant workers are treated fairly and are able to continue working safely as they prepare for the arrival of their new baby, which is why I am proud to support this bipartisan legislation.”

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act requires some employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees and job applicants with limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition—unless doing so would be an undue burden. The bill would also provide for a collaborative process between employers and pregnant workers to determine appropriate accommodations, and would protect pregnant workers from being denied employment or punished for requesting or using an accommodation.

This legislation is supported by a broad coalition of prominent businesses and organizations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the ACLU, the National Partnership for Women and Families, and large employers such as Microsoft, Johnson and Johnson, and Mastercard.