By Kim Glovas
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pregnant women would have more job protection under a bill introduced recently by Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senator Bob Casey.READ MORE: 1 Person Trapped After Wall Partially Collapses In North Philadelphia, Officials Say
Senator Casey had introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act originally in 2012 and 2013. But now, Republican senators have co-signed the measure.READ MORE: CDC To Recommend Vaccinated People In Certain Areas Resume Wearing Masks
Casey says, the bill would provide assurances to pregnant workers, that they could not be fired or placed on unpaid leave because of a pregnancy.
“Much of this would involve minor job modifications which would have little impact on the workplace, and because we have such history now with reasonable accommodations, I’m sure that employers can work this out.”MORE NEWS: 4 Dead, 2 Injured Including 12-Year-Old Girl After Shootings At 2 Different Locations In Wilmington, Delaware
He says employers have been providing reasonable accommodations for workers under the Americans with Disabilities Act for 25 years. Currently, only 14 states have laws protecting pregnant workers.