As a childcare provider for 40 years in Pennsylvania, I can tell you the “Pregnant Workers Fairness Act” time is now. On Wednesday, Democratic Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, and Bill Cassidy, R-La., urged fellow lawmakers to pass the legislation that has been introduced in every Congress since 2011.
As a childcare provider, I witness the unfair, discriminatory and often grueling demands on working women as they struggle to support their families. Hundreds of thousands of women had to leave the workforce during the pandemic to care for their families. Staffing shortages persist and people will be looking for more than just money from their employers, especially parents. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would help companies and employers attract and retain female employees by ending discrimination.
The pandemic depleted the American workforce, exhausted parents and created a shortage of child care workers. Now, employees say the pandemic has made them rethink the place that they work. The gender pay gap persists in 2022 and as women return to jobs, they will most certainly value every accommodation that can improve working conditions and ensure their financial security.
Congress must at last pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to ensure that pregnant women in the workplace are able to maintain their health and that of their baby’s and that every women’s economic security in caring for their families is secured now and for the future.
Robin Agerton, Mechanicsburg, Pa.