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Legal Group Launches Website With State-by-State Pregnancy Discrimination Laws

Legal Group Launches Website With State-by-State Pregnancy Discrimination Laws

October 30, 2014 — A legal advocacy group has created a website that outlines workplace policies for pregnant employees on a state-by-state basis, the New York Times' "Motherlode" reports.

According to "Motherlode," rules regarding pregnancy discrimination "can be confusing" because they vary by state and locality. Further, women often do not feel compelled to seek out information about them "until they really need to know them," "Motherlode" reports.

To address the issue, A Better Balance launched a website -- babygate.abetterbalance.org -- that organizes pregnancy and parenting laws in a state-by-state guide. The guide addresses questions such as whether women can be fired for morning sickness or whether they are legally entitled to breaks to pump breast milk.

In addition, the site lists phone numbers for no-cost counseling and advice for residents in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, New York, New Jersey and Tennessee. It offers separate resources for women in other states (Dell'Antonia, "Motherlode," New York Times, 10/29).