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Bill to support pregnant, breast-feeding women OK'd

Bill to support pregnant, breast-feeding women OK'd

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LINCOLN — Nebraska lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that would strengthen job protections for pregnant and breast-feeding women. Legislative Bill 627, introduced by State Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha, won final approval on a 45-0 vote.

If signed into law by the governor, the measure would require employers to make reasonable accommodations for women who have limitations because of pregnancy, childbirth or breast-feeding. It is similar to laws requiring accommodations for people with long-or short-term disabilities.

Such accommodations could include allowing water in a workplace where food and drink are normally barred, allowing more frequent bathroom breaks, providing a stool or chair on which to sit, or assigning less strenuous work.

The bill also would bar discrimination against pregnant women when it comes to hiring, firing and other employment actions.

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