House Democrats Stand Up for Pregnant Workers
House Passes Bill to Make Reasonable Accommodations to Keep Pregnant Employees on Job
Santa Fe, NM – Today, the House passed legislation that would promote healthy pregnancies in New Mexico while keeping pregnant workers on the job. House Bill 179, the Pregnant Worker Accommodation Act, ensures pregnant employees can earn a living and help grow our state’s economy by having employers make reasonable workplace accommodations—such as allowing extra bathroom breaks—for women during pregnancy.
“We know that supporting workers with reasonable accommodations during pregnancy is not only good for women and their families, but it’s also good for business,” said Rep. Gail Chasey (D-Albuquerque), the lead sponsor of HB 179. “We don’t want working women who want to have healthy babies to be forced out of a job if a reasonable accommodation can be made.”
HB 179 requires businesses to make “reasonable accommodations” that don’t present an “undue burden” to the business in order to keep pregnant workers on the job. HB 179 was also sponsored by Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque) and Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces).
HB 179 passed by a vote of 51 to 14 and will now move to the Senate.