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Fla. Legislature Approves Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Against Pregnant Women

Fla. Legislature Approves Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Against Pregnant Women

April 28, 2015 — The Florida Legislature on Friday passed a measure (SB 982) that would amend the state's current civil rights law to include pregnant women, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

According to the AP/Herald, the state House voted 115-2 to approve the measure, while the state Senate approved the bill unanimously. The measure now heads to Gov. Rick Scott (R) for consideration.

The bill would prohibit employers from rejecting a woman for employment because she is pregnant. It would also bar hotels and restaurants from discriminating against pregnant women.

According to the AP/Herald, confusion has arisen over whether pregnant women are protected under the state's current anti-discrimination laws. However, the Florida Supreme Court in 2014 ruled that state law does address such discrimination (AP/Miami Herald, 4/24).