Grothman, Fitzgerald Oppose Bill Protecting Pregnant Workers

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U.S. Reps. Scott Fitzgerald and Glenn Grothman.

U.S. Reps. Scott Fitzgerald and Glenn Grothman.

Thirty states supply protections for large workers who request basal accommodations successful bid to clasp their jobs portion staying healthy.

Wisconsin is not 1 of them.

But a national measure that would use nationwide passed the House connected May 14 and is scheduled for a ballot successful the U.S. Senate’s Committee connected Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions adjacent Tuesday.

The bipartisan compromise mentation of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) passed connected a ballot of 315 to 101 successful the House. All Wisconsin representatives voted for the measure — adjacent far-right Republican Tom Tiffany — with the exceptions of Reps. Glenn Grothman and Scott Fitzgerald, who voted nay.

The substance reads: “This measure prohibits employment practices that discriminate against making tenable accommodations for qualified employees affected by pregnancy, childbirth, oregon related aesculapian conditions.”

More specifically, it makes it unlawful for an leader to neglect to marque tenable accommodations for large employees unless it would “impose an undue hardship connected an entity’s concern operation.” It besides prohibits employers from taking immoderate “adverse action” successful presumption of conditions oregon privileges.

Bloomberg Law has been tracking pregnancy favoritism lawsuits since 2016 erstwhile determination were 235 national gestation favoritism cases filed. That fig has been expanding with a large leap successful 2020 to astir 400 cases. If 2021 continues apace, it would acceptable different caller grounds exceeding 400, Bloomberg Law projects.

A caller lawsuit that has received media attraction is the American Civil Liberties Union’s suit against Frontier Airlines, which a national court allowed to determination forward, denying Frontier’s question to disregard connected July 14. The suit alleges that the institution discriminated against large and breastfeeding employees by disciplining them for pregnancy-related absences, refusing to let mothers to pump bosom beverage connected the occupation and requiring them to instrumentality unpaid permission successful precocious gestation alternatively of moving them to crushed work. (Frontier Airlines has said that the institution does not remark connected pending litigation.)

Groups ranging successful position from the ACLU to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce backmost the measure protecting large workers.

“Even successful 2021, employers tin inactive occurrence large employees – oregon unit them to discontinue oregon instrumentality unpaid permission – alternatively of providing impermanent and tenable accommodations, adjacent arsenic elemental arsenic a seat to beryllium on,” a missive ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel Vania Leveille sent to supporters connected Thursday.

“This world forces acold excessively galore people, often the sole breadwinners of families, to either suffer income oregon enactment their gestation astatine hazard – impacting low-wage workers, those successful physically demanding jobs, and radical of colour the most. But the PWFA combats this, requiring employers to marque those tenable accommodations for large workers without placing an undue load connected the business.”

The blimpish U.S. Chamber of Commerce professed  “strong support” for the existent compromise mentation of the measure successful a missive sent to senators.

“Employers presently look large uncertainty astir whether, and how, they are required to accommodate large workers,” Chamber Vice President Neil L. Bradley wrote successful a letter urging senators to sponsor the bill. “The PWFA would clarify an employer’s work to accommodate a large worker oregon applicant with a known regulation that interferes with her quality to execute immoderate indispensable functions of her position.”

Federal measure protecting large workers advances, without Grothman, Fitzgerald was primitively published by the Wisconsin Examiner.

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