Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act

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Lesson title

Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act

Video title, link and release date

Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act; September 30, 2012

Video length

Two minutes and two seconds.

Grade level

High school

Video Summary

A new bill has been introduced by Democratic Senators Bob Casey Jr. and Jeanne Shaheen, titled the Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act.

The bill would require employers to provide “reasonable accommodations” to women during pregnancy.

The bill is modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act does provide pregnant women with some anti-discrimination protections.

A similar bill was introduced last May in the House of Representatives by Representative Jerrold Nadler.

Review Questions

1. What sort of “reasonable accommodations” would be provided to women under this bill?


2. The Americans with Disabilities act requires employers with a staff of ____________________________ employees to provide employees with disabilities __________________________ to perform the duties of their job.


3. What does the newscast say about the the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the ADA in conjunction with the idea of providing reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees?

Free Writing Journal Prompt(s)

What about this report do you have questions about?

What do you want to know more about?

Follow-up Assignment(s)

Note the date of the video and, if a significant amount of time has passed, a good follow-up activity might be to do a Google search to see if there are any new developments

Do a Google search to find related information


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