By Mike Dunn
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia businesses would be required to give pregnant workers more frequent breaks and places to sit down, under a measure given initial approval today by a City Council committee.
Reynelle Staley of the city’s Human Relations Commission said pregnant workers in many workplaces sometimes see their jobs threatened.
“Jackie was a waitress a local restaurant. She was pregnant and had to use the restroom frequently due to morning sickness. Her employer terminated her, saying she turned into ‘a different person,’ ” Staley related.
Approved in committee was a bill authored by Councilman Bill Greenlee that mandates workplace protections for pregnant workers in the city:
“Things like letting women take a little extra break, letting them drink water at their workplace, using restrooms a little more frequently: that kind of thing (that) most employers do anyway. But, unfortunately, sometimes we have to pass a law that…
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