Philadelphia now expressly requires employers to provide reasonable workplace accommodations to pregnant employees and thus joins in a growing trend of jurisdictions expanding the rights of pregnant women in the workplace (including New York City and New Jersey). The requirement, which took effect on January 20, 2014, comes by way of an amendment to the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance. The amendment came in response to reports that some job activities begin to pose a challenge for women during pregnancy, but that many of these challenges could be overcome with slight job modifications that would allow women to continue working during pregnancy. Testimony in support of the amendment highlighted the need for women to be able to continue working throughout their pregnancy because women are the primary or co-breadwinners in nearly two-thirds of all families.
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