Pregnancy Civil Rights

State lawmakers want to protect pregnant women in the work place.

Federal law already protects pregnant workers from on the job discrimination, but state lawmakers think Florida needs its own law.

State Senator Geraldine Thompson has filed a bill to officially ban discrimination against pregnant workers and give investigators more time to review a discrimination case.

“Currently they have a requirement that they complete and close a case in 180 days. This bill would extend the time to resolution to 240 days,” said Thompson.

At the news conference at the state capitol Tuesday, there was a woman who claims she was fired after getting pregnant. She says if Florida had a state law against pregnancy discrimination she would have better grounds to challenge her dismissal.

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