Re: Lawmaker: Pregnant Workers Who Want Accommodations Should Quit
Speaking from personal experience only, I was extremely fortunate to have a job that allowed me a lot of flexibility while I was pregnant. Now I had what I call a dream pregnancy, no morning sickness, no difficulty at all in regards to walking up and down the stairs (and like all other employees I ha access to the elevator key), and perhaps because my direct supervisor was pregnant herself right around the same time, I was often allowed to leave work earlier once my biweekly checkup appointments started (I believe towards the end of my pregnancy). Then after I had my child, I was allowed breaks to pump as needed (usually 2 15-minute breaks besides my 45 minute lunch break). All my supervisor expected was for me to get my work done and while there were times when I had to bring a bit of work home to me it was a very fair arrangement.
The kind of job I have is not very physical at all so that worked in my favor. Also, I pretty much get to set my own schedule each day and when there were times that I was feeling a bit too tired I'd adjust my activities accordingly (i.e. writing reports instead of holding meetings).
Now I cannot imagine someone going through a difficult pregnancy, doing a mostly physical job and being expected to perform at the same level as when they were not pregnant without any accommodations. With that said, pregnancy is for the most part a choice so I could understand why some businesses would not appreciate being mandated by law to provide accommodations to pregnant employees.
I'd like to think though that if said employee is reliable and valued then the employer would want to offer certain accommodations to ensure that they do not lose them.
In sum, I'd like to see no need for legislation when it comes to reasonable accommodations.