Sarah Brafman Educates on Pregnant Worker Accommodations and the Intricacies of Protecting Paid Leave and Paychecks in the Face of Pandemic

Sarah Brafman ('16), Senior Policy Counsel for A Better Balance, was quoted in a New York Times article apprising pregnant workers of their rights under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("What Rights Do Pregnant Workers Have in a Pandemic?" May 1). Citing the ADA with respect to underlying conditions related to pregnancy, employers meeting a threshold requirement for number of employees must provide "reasonable accommodations, unless it's an undue hardship," Sarah said. In instances where employers offer temporary layoffs for workers to collect unemployment, Sarah cautioned that laid-off workers "will likely lose their health insurance, which may be a particularly important factor for pregnant workers to consider."