Pregnant women could get greater workplace protections in Philadelphia

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Pregnant women would be entitled to greater on-the-job protections under a bill just approved by Philadelphia City Council.

Councilman Bill Greenlee says some simple changes at work can make things much easier on pregnant employees.

“Allowing people to drink some water, extra restroom breaks that kind of thing — very basic things that most businesses do anyway, but we did hear during the hearing from some people were let go because they couldn’t perform the duties as the employer felt because they were pregnant,” Greenlee said.

He took note that no one testified against the bill during that hearing.

“Because I think if you aren’t going to give those basic accommodations to people I think you would be embarrassed to publicly say it,” he said.

Greenlee believes that it will cost employers little, if any money to follow the new regulations.

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