Governor Charlie Baker today signed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act into law, establishing explicit legal protections for pregnant workers against on-the-job discrimination.
In response, Rebecca Hart Holder, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, released the following statement:
“Today, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts removed a significant barrier to reproductive freedom by ensuring reasonable workplace accommodations for pregnant workers. With the new Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Law, our state has declared that it is unacceptable for anyone to have to choose between starting or expanding a healthy family and keeping their job. All pregnant workers in our state deserve reasonable workplace accommodations, like water and bathroom breaks, and now Massachusetts law ensures they will get them.
“NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts thanks Governor Charlie Baker, bill sponsors Representative Dave Rogers and Senator Joan Lovely, as well as the Massachusetts legislature, for passing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act into law. We are also especially grateful to MotherWoman, the organization that led the charge in ensuring this crucial legislation became law.
“As federal attacks on women’s rights and reproductive rights show no sign of slowing down, Massachusetts must position itself as a leader by passing proactive laws to protect Bay Staters’ reproductive freedom. Today, our Commonwealth has done just that.
“As monumental and heartening as today’s victory is, our work is not over. Federal attacks on reproductive freedom continue. Our Commonwealth must continue to lead the charge for reproductive freedom by protecting contraceptive coverage, establishing paid family and medical leave, expanding abortion access, and ensuring teens receive accurate sexuality education. NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts and our member activists look forward to advocating to pass these essential pieces of legislation this legislative session.”