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Stronger protections for pregnant women clear House

A bill that would expand protections for pregnant women in the workplace was approved by the state House yesterday. 


Under the bill, employers would be required to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers, such as allowing them to sit while working or take more frequent breaks. The bill also prohibits employers from limiting or segregating a pregnant employee in a way that would deny her employment opportunities.


Wilton Representative Tom O'Dea opposed the bill.  He says the intent is laudable, but predicted it will lead to lawsuits.  O'Dea, a lawyer, says this will make it harder for small businesses to make money and survive.


New Fairfield Representative Richard Smith, also a lawyer, says this bill is good for the lawyers but it's not good for small businesses.


The bill passed on a 130 to 20 vote.  It now moves to the Senate for further action.