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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJRT) - (05/06/14) - Moms, moms-to-be and lawmakers gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday to fight for pregnant women’s rights in the workplace. Emily Martin, vice president of the National Women’s Law Center, led the meeting that included activists, senators and members of Congress. Martin said pregnant women deserve accommodations at work.

“If you need a temporary accommodation at work because of pregnancy, whether because you need to stay healthy, or because you have a complication, you have that right,” she said.

The group supports the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act; legislation that would prohibit employers from discriminating against pregnant employees.

“If we say we’re for equal opportunity, and if we say we really care about pregnant women and families, then we would make sure they can do everything they’re able to do at work while they’re pregnant,” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA).

Casey is a lead sponsor of the bill that would require employers across the country to provide reasonable accommodations for women while they’re pregnant, and also bar employers from denying employment opportunities to women based on their need for those accommodations. Casey said it’s a common sense idea.

“If you’re reasonable and you care about workers and you care about those who are pregnant, you would embrace this with or without a law passed,” he said.

The bill is seeing substantial support in both the Senate and in the House of Representatives. Both Casey and Martin say they’ll continue to fight for pregnant women’s rights until a law is passed.
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