The employment attorneys at The Ezold Law Firm, P.C. are pleased to announce that New Jersey Senate Bill S2995, which expands protection from discrimination for pregnant women, is now officially the law in New Jersey. As of late last month, pregnant working women in New Jersey are guaranteed protection from discrimination throughout the course of their pregnancies.
A large majority of first time mothers continue to work throughout pregnancy. Although the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) protect pregnant women to some extent, many New Jersey pregnant workers not falling within the parameters of the PDA have continued to be denied reasonable accommodations during their pregnancy. These accommodations include additional rest and bathroom breaks, assistance with manual labor tasks and increased recovery time after childbirth if needed.
By extending New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination to include women who are pregnant or who have recently given birth, the expanded law now provides anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation protection to pregnant working women, with strict penalties for employers failing to comply with this expanded law.
New Jersey joins several other states and cities, including Philadelphia, that have changed their existing ant-discrimination laws to include pregnant women. On a federal level, Congress continues to work towards the passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) which would provide similar protection on a nationwide level. We will continue to monitor these important legislative initiatives and their effect on pregnant workers.
The Ezold Law Firm, P.C. Fights to Protect the Rights of all Pregnant Workers
Our dedicated employment discrimination attorneys understand that pregnancy can be a stressful time for expectant women. When your employer fails to make reasonable accommodations during your pregnancy, you may experience additional medical complications and financial burdens. If you believe you have suffered discrimination as a result of your pregnancy, you need an experienced employment attorney to assist you in handling your claim.
The Ezold Law Firm, P.C. maintains offices in Philadelphia suburb of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, easily accessible from Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, Chester County and Bucks County, as well as all regions of Southern New Jersey. For additional information about the changes to New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination, or to set up a confidential consultation about your potential claim, call us today at (610) 660-5585 or submit an online contact form.