Pregnant Workers’ Rights Bill Advances In State Legislature

Feb 8, 2018


Kentucky employers would be required to provide workers with, quote, “reasonable accommodations” if they become pregnant under a bill that passed out of a legislative committee today.

Senate Bill 38 would require employers to give women the opportunity to transfer to less strenuous duties and other accommodations. 

Florence police officer Lyndi Trischler was put on unpaid leave when she became pregnant.

“The human resources director told me that it was poor planning on my part and that I would have to take the unpaid leave. If there had been a clear law on the books, then my coworkers and I would not have to be afraid of getting pregnant and having families.” 

In 2014, Trischler and fellow Florence police officer Samantha Riley filed a federal discrimination complaint against the city and won, prompting the city to award them $135,000 in damages and change its policies. 

State law currently doesn’t guarantee employment protections for pregnant women. 

Under Senate Bill 38, employers would be required to give pregnant workers more frequent or longer breaks, time off to recover from childbirth, temporary transfer to a less strenuous or less hazardous position, and private space that is not a bathroom for breast feeding.