Phila. City Council Moves Forward With Workplace Protections for Pregnant Women

CBS Philly

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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