Committee Reports

Report on legislation to require the provision of reasonable accommodations for pregnant women in the workplace

SUMMARY

The Committee on Sex and Law expressed support for legislation which would amend New York State’s Executive Law to require the provision of reasonable accommodations for pregnant women in the workplace, absent undue hardship on the employer. The bill, the report notes, would help achieve the substantive equality envisioned by the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”). The failure of courts to interpret the PDA to require reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers, such as temporary lifting restrictions or more frequent bathroom breaks, has led to a gap in the law that acutely affects New York State’s low-wage workers. By addressing this gap, the bill would help pregnant workers keep their jobs by requiring employers to make reasonable medically-necessary accommodations for pregnancy, and would improve economic security and equal opportunity for pregnant workers without unduly burdening employers.

Originally Issued April 2012; Reissued April 2015

BILL INFORMATION

A.4272 (AM Gunther) / S.8 (Sen. Hannon) – Requires the provisions of reasonable accommodations for pregnant women (included in Women’s Equality Act)(NYS 2015)

OUTCOME

Signed by the Governor, Chp. 369 – October, 21, 2015