New York, N.Y. – The New York Women’s Equality Coalition was joined by pregnant women and new mothers in celebrating the 35th anniversary of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act today. Despite it being illegal for over three decades, pregnancy discrimination still persists across New York State. Women are routinely pushed out of their jobs when they require a modest adjustment in order to stay healthy and on the job. The New York Women’s Equality Agenda includes a critically important measure that would strengthen pregnancy discrimination protections and ensure that no woman has to choose between the health of her pregnancy and her job. However, this provision will die on December 31st, 2013, unless state legislators take action. A Better Balance, NOW-NYC, and Equal Pay Coalition NYC organized the rally.
As Christy Turlington Burns, model, maternal health advocate, and founder of Every Mother Counts said.