Past Legislative Efforts...
Pregnancy Rights Bill - NH SB 488
An Act requiring reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. Also includes lactation.
Fact Sheet on NH SB 488
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
House Commerce Committee - passed with amendment
The amendment consists of 1 provision: an advisory council to report on best practices around breastfeeding and make recommendations for future legislation. All provisions for reasonable accommodations for pregnancy and related conditions including lactation, pumping and breastfeeding were removed, as they are being deferred to the Advisory Council to report on. The bill was almost killed and this was the compromise that was reached during the sub committee work group session.
SubCommittee Work Group Session:
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 10 am Room 302 LOB, Concord, NH
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Heard in the House Commerce Committee, as passed in the full Senate. Senator Martha Fuller Clark brought forth the following amendment - with input from the BIA, Senator Bradley, Kary Jencks with NHCA/A and Kate Frederick.
March 24, 2016
Passed the full Senate with amendment. Temporarily took out pregnancy provisions to be reintroduced in an amendment in the House and inserted SB 219 - lactation as previously approved by the Senate.
Thursday, March 17th, 2016
The Full Senate will be voting. SB 488 has passed the Senate Committee 5-0 with amendment. Here is the amended version that passed. A new proposed floor amendment will also be posted soon.
The language used was gathered from other advocates input re: Young v UPS and EEOC Enforcement Guidances and sent to NH Senator Martha Fuller Clark. She had the bill drafted and is the Prime Sponsor. We are happy to work with and have the continued support of Kary Jencks with the NH Citizens Alliance on this bill.
My Story with Pregnancy Discrimination
- As soon as I requested pregnancy accommodations for medical symptoms I was having, my boss started treating me differently than she has prior.
- My work performance was not in question and was found to be exemplary, however my boss then started criticizing me incessantly and in front of other co-workers.
- She added an unreasonable amount of cases to my workload with unrealistic deadlines
- I was new to the job and was still in training. Because there was not training manual, I took notes and compiled one for myself and for others. I also was assigned over 700 cases and kept a case log to track my work.
- My boss decided to take away my training manual notes and wouldn't let me keep a case log. I requested further accommodations and reported her for pregnancy discrimination.
- She then told me I couldn't talk to her supervisor any more and that I had to work to catch up on my break time. I reported this to Human Resources.
- Meanwhile, she often left early to attend a Pilates class and took long breaks to get her haircut in the middle of the work day.
- I was retaliated against for having reported her and the harassment continued.
- After our baby was born, I requested further accommodations for breastfeeding - a medical condition related to pregnancy - and was never cleared to return to work by my employer, because of the accommodations I needed for my own health and the health of our son.
- I forced out of the workplace, fired and my boss was promoted.
- For more information, you can view my pending lawsuit against my former employer.
My experience with pregnancy discrimination was not an isolated incident. Too many NH families have had to go through similar experiences. I don't want any other family to have to suffer during their pregnancy due to being denied simple and reasonable accommodations. Thank you Senator Fuller Clark for taking this on!!!!
TESTIMONY SUBMITTED IN SUPPORT OF SB 488
to read testimony from:
A Better Balance
The National Partnership for Women and Families
The Center for Worklife Law
United States District Judge - NH, Steven J McAuliffe
US Senator Jeanne Shaheen
US Senator Kelly Ayotte
NH Governor Maggie Hassan
NH Breastfeeding Rights Coalition, The Rustik Baby Project - Kate Frederick
First hearing was: Tuesday, February 2, 2016.