Prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.
NJEA supports A-4486 (Lampett/Johnson) and S-2995 (Weinberg). This bill would prohibit an employer from treating an employee less favorably due to pregnancy. As amended, the bill would also require an employer to make reasonable workplace accommodations when the employee makes such requests upon the advice of her physician.
This bill mirrors federal law which was passed in 1976 following a Supreme Court decision General Electric Company Vs. Gilbert that held that discrimination on the basis of pregnancy was not sex discrimination, but rather discrimination between pregnant and non-pregnant employees.
Although it is now 37 years later, workplace discrimination against pregnant employees still exists. Including pregnancy in our state law against discrimination provides pregnant employees further protections and is the right thing to do.
NJEA asks you to support this bill.