LEGAL COLUMN: How the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Changes the Playing Field

(L-R) Jonathan Landesman, Esq., and Aislinn Sroczynski, Esq. of Cohen Seglias

A legal article from PDCA member law firm, Cohen Seglias, explores new protections available to women in the workforce and how those impact the construction industry. Legal authors Jonathan Landesman, Esq., a partner at the Philadelphia, PA firm, and his colleague Aislinn Sroczynski, Esq., an associate, contribute a legal perspective on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, now available in PileDriver magazine, Issue #1, 2024.

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how the pregnant workers fairness act changes the playing field

    The percentage of women working in the construction industry continues to grow. However, during the pandemic, women left the workforce at higher rates than men due, in part, to increased caregiving duties. Now, a new law expands protections for working mothers to receive accommodations from their employers for pregnancy-related medical conditions, which can include everything from pregnancy, to childbirth, to postpartum recovery. 

    The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which took effect June 2023, requires "covered employers" to provide "reasonable accommodations" for their pregnant employees unless the accommodation would cause the employer undue hardship. This new law applies to employers with 15 or more employees and is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).


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