SUPPORT MEMO: REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH DECISIONS

S660 Metzger/A584 Jaffee, et al

The New York State AFL-CIO, representing 2.5 million union workers and their families, as well as our retirees and their families, supports the above-referenced legislation.

This legislation would prohibit an employer from taking adverse employment action because an employee or a dependent made a reproductive health decision that conflicts with the employer’s personal beliefs.

Current state and federal law protects individuals against employment discrimination on the basis of sex and pregnancy, but loopholes unfortunately still exist. The Federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act applies only to employers of 15 or more, leaving many employees unprotected from discrimination. This legislation will strengthen and expand state law to ensure that an employer cannot retaliate because an employee or their dependent accessed care related to pregnancy, family planning or any other reproductive health service.

This legislation is about simple fairness. Employees should not fear losing their jobs if they do not conform their personal health decisions to the beliefs of their employer.

This legislation gives New York workers the peace of mind to know that their personal health decisions are protected and cannot be used as a basis for being fired.

Therefore, this Federation urges this bill be passed.

For further information contact the Legislative Department at 518-436-8516.