UPDATE 8/26/14: Governor Quinn signed this bill into law.
Despite past legislative successes, women who become pregnant often face pressures to take unpaid leave or even lose their jobs during their pregnancy. Employers continue to deny expectant mothers simple, temporary work modifications, including a stool to sit on, permission to carry a bottle of water or a break from lifting heavy boxes. These temporary adjustments allow these mothers-to-be the opportunity to continue working and support their family, without a loss of productivity.
House Bill 8 makes clear that no woman should be forced to choose between a healthy pregnancy and her job. The bill promotes workplace fairness by requiring employers in Illinois to make reasonable accommodations for conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions.
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