W.Va. Senate OKs Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act

CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has passed legislation to help accommodate pregnant women in the workplace.

The Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act allows employees to request modified duties and other accommodations as long as they do not place undue hardship on employers. It allows such accommodations as bathroom breaks and assistance with manual labor.

The measure also requires employers to provide nursing women time to express breast milk. It bars employers from turning away a qualified job applicant out of concern she might be asked to provide some accommodations for her pregnancy.

Only Monongalia Democrat Robert Beach voted against the bill.

The bill has been passed in both the House and the Senate and now goes to the governor.

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