The Pregnancy Discrimination Act has fallen short in protecting women from pregnancy discrimination because employers are still not required to accommodate working mothers or to account for the unique challenges women face when having a child. This means that many women are fired, forced to go on unpaid leave, forced to endure unhealthy and strenuous working conditions, forced to quit breastfeeding their child, or forced to quit their jobs while pregnant or after having a child. Women should not have to pay a price for having children.
To level the playing field, mandatory reasonable accommodations should be afforded for pregnancy, breastfeeding, and child birth. Anti-discrimination protections must apply to individuals who are pregnant, recovering from childbirth, or those with young children.