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Legislation Proposed To Protect Pregnant Workers' Rights

A bill has been filed in the Massachusetts legislature aimed at preventing blatant discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace.

    The legislation would  require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers, which advocates say could include more breaks, lighter duties, or simply providing a chair to sit in. State Representative Ellen Story, who filed the bill Wednesday in the House said she hopes it sails through.

   "I don't know who would publicly be against this bill," said Story.

   The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing how much employers must do for pregnant workers under federal law. The case involves a former UPS worker who was placed on  unpaid leave after she became pregnant and was denied light duty.

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