- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Pregnant workers would be guaranteed accommodations for bathroom, food and water breaks under a measure passed by the House.

The chamber passed House Bill 2307 on a 52-45 vote and the measure now goes to the Senate for consideration. The bill requires that the state’s employers provide “reasonable accommodation” for pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related health conditions unless that accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the business.

Under the bill, employers may request a written certification from the woman’s doctor related to the accommodation sought. However, the measure would not allow employers to claim undue hardship - or seek a doctor’s note - for allowing pregnant women more restroom breaks, food or water breaks, seating, limits on lifting heavy items, or flexible scheduling to accommodate prenatal and postnatal doctor visits.


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