Representative Jones was one of the original co-sponsors of this legislation, which was filed in January as House Bill 1038. A redrafted version of the bill was reported out favorably by the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on May 1, and it later received unanimous approval in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act requires employers to offer reasonable accommodations to workers who are pregnant or nursing, including modified work schedules, temporary assignment to a less strenuous position, and more frequent bathroom breaks. It also prohibits employers from discriminating against pregnant workers when hiring or promoting, or retaliating against an employee for requesting an accommodation.
“The new law sends a clear message that Massachusetts will not tolerate discrimination in the workplace,” said Representative Jones. “I’m proud to stand in support of pregnant workers in the Commonwealth.”
The new law takes effect on April 1, 2018.