Photo: State Rep. Dave Rogers speaking at the bill signing.
Pregnant workers in Massachusetts now have a new law providing them more protections in the work place thanks to Belmont State Rep. Dave Rogers.
Saying the legislation was “overdue,” Gov. Charlie Baker signed on Thursday, July 27 the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act written and championed by Rogers and State Sen. Joan Lovely, which requires employers offer “reasonable accommodations” to pregnant workers and makes it illegal to fire or refuse to hire a worker due to a pregnancy.
Accomondations expecting workers can expect include is provided a temporary transfer to a less strenuonus position, be given a chair to sit on and provided increased restroom visits. After they give birth, businesses are required to provide time and a location for nursing mothers.
Massachusetts joins 18 states which have similar legal protections.