July 6, 2017
Today, Governor Malloy signed H.B. 6668 – An Act Concerning Pregnant Women in the Workplace – into law. This bill expands employment protections for pregnancy and related conditions (including lactation) under the state’s anti-discrimination law.
Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, Sarah Croucher, released the following statement: "Protections for pregnant workers are a vital part of the economic stability of our state. We must do all we can to ensure continuity of employment for working mothers. Women can least afford to lose their job when pregnant, particularly for need of a short-term accommodation. This legislation will help support the financial security of families across our state.”
House Chair of the Labor Committee, State Representative Robyn Porter said: "Today, Connecticut reached an important milestone when Gov. Malloy signed into law House Bill 6668, which further strengthens workplace protections for pregnant women. Working women are the backbone of our community. This legislation ensures working women are able to grow and thrive – in both their personal and professional lives – by providing them with the resources needed to pursue a career while raising a family.”
This legislation makes clear the types of accommodations usually required by pregnant women (including assistance with manual labor, more frequent or longer breaks, and temporary transfers to less strenuous or less hazardous work). The bill also protects women from being discriminated against when pregnant, including barring employers from forcing an employee to take an accommodation that she does not require while pregnant.
This bill was part of a package of proactive legislation originally sponsored by Senator Mae Flexer alongside Representatives Robyn Porter, Liz Linehan, Caroline Simmons, Cristin McCarthy Vahey, Kelly Juleson-Scopino, and Christine Conley.
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About NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, Inc.
The legislative arm of NARAL works to pass pro-choice legislation and defend against anti-choice legislation at the State Capitol, believing strongly that all women have the right to access the full range of reproductive choices including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.