LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — State Senator Ron Alting didn't hold back when he shared powerful statistics supporting the need for his bill to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers.
“Indiana ranks 3rd in the entire nation on losing mothers during the birth process. That is equivalent to Vietnam and the country of Iraq,” said Alting. “Both countries are third world countries. We're 7th in the nation of infant mortality.”
The bill would prohibit an employer from discriminating against a pregnant employee. It also would require an employer to provide reasonable employment accommodations to pregnant employees.
Ashely Phillips said she was discriminated against at work due to her pregnancy. She said the discrimination harmed her work ethic and unborn child.
Phillips left her job due to the level of harassment she said she received while pregnant. She now speaks for women who are pregnant in the workplace.
“I believe that it is a woman's basic right to care for her child,” said Phillips. “So in the words of Governor Holcolmb, ‘“I urge you to give Hoosiers the tools that they need to live healthier lives.’”
Alting's bill would affect businesses with 15 employees or more.