Protecting pregnant people from workplace discrimination is an essential part of reproductive freedom. This advocacy is a crucial part of the work we do every day to ensure a patient’s choices are their own—not warped by unfair and discriminatory workplace policies.
Women make up almost half of our nation’s labor force, and 40 percent of women are the sole or primary breadwinners for their families. When individuals choose to have children, their employers should respect that choice, not discriminate against them. This means accommodating the needs of pregnant people at work, and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is dedicated to making this a reality for patients in the Commonwealth.
In 2020, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia worked with our partners to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which will offer significant protections for pregnant workers in Virginia. This is an important first step toward ensuring that working Virginians will not have to choose between their families and their jobs.
To read about the Act and protections in Virginia, please click HERE.
For a fact sheet on the Act and protections in Virginia, click HERE.