Scott Calls for Passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

May 14, 2021
Press Release

As originally released by the Committee on Education & Labor

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) delivered the following remarks on the House floor in support of H.R. 1065, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 1065, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, introduced by Representatives Nadler and Katko. 

“It is unacceptable that, in 2021, pregnant workers can still be denied basic workplace accommodations that help them stay healthy during their pregnancy.

“These accommodations—from providing seating and water to excusing pregnant workers from heavy lifting—are not complex or costly. But, without these protections, too many workers are forced to either leave their jobs or put their heath and the health of their pregnancy at risk. 

“We can and must do better to ensure that no worker in this country is forced to choose between financial security and a healthy pregnancy. 

“The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would finally establish the right to reasonable accommodations for all pregnant workers.  And it would guarantee that pregnant workers can seek those accommodations without facing discrimination or retaliation.

“Last Congress, 226 House Democrats and 103 Republicans came together to pass this legislation by a margin of 329 to 73.  I hope we can come together again this year and finally deliver this bipartisan priority to our nation’s workers.

“Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to introduce an exchange of letters with Chairs Lofgren, Maloney, and Nadler, providing for discharge of the portions of the bill within the jurisdiction of the House Committees on Administration, Oversight and Reform, and Judiciary.

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  I urge strong support for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and reserve the balance of my time.”

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