Pregnant Workers Fairness Act could expand ADA protections to larger worker pool
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Emily DeSmedt
Emily Cuneo DeSmedt is an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius who represents employers in a variety of matters, including the defence of wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which passed the US House of Representatives on 14 May 2021, is currently before the US Senate. If passed, the PWFA will expand to all pregnant and postpartum employees and job applicants the reasonable accommodation protections that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Title VII, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), already grant to many pregnant employees.

Existing reasonable accommodation protections for pregnant employees