Fact Sheet: New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

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February 2014
  • Workplace Equality and Economic Empowerment
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Pregnancy discrimination has been illegal since at least 1978 but many pregnant women still lose their jobs unnecessarily while pregnant. New York City has a new law called the “Pregnant Workers Fairness Act” (PWFA), which clarifies an employer’s responsibilities towards employees with special needs arising from pregnancy or childbirth.