Senator Tavares Meets With Small Business Owners
Discusses support of recently introduced Pregnancy Reasonable Accommodation Act

Columbus – Yesterday, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) participated in a small business roundtable hosted by the Main Street Alliance to discuss her support of Senate Bill 301, the Pregnancy Reasonable Accommodation Act

The roundtable was held at Peace+Love+Bling Jewelry store in the 15th Senate District. Senator Tavares spoke with a group of small business owners on the importance of working with pregnant women by offering them reasonable accommodations so they can continue to provide for themselves and their loved ones.

“Women are oftentimes the bread winners and may even be the sole source of income for their families. If a woman is forced to stop working due to pregnancy, the result could be devastating,” stated Senator Tavares. “It is imperative that we allow women to have extra bathroom breaks, the ability to periodically rest and relief from heavy lifting activities along with other reasonable accommodations in order to have healthy pregnancies and babies. Ohio still has an abysmal infant mortality rate, and we have a responsibility to make sure pregnant women are receiving all of the support they need to deliver full-term and healthy weight babies. Senate Bill 301 complements our efforts to reduce premature birth and infant deaths and supports our families.  It is the right, moral and just thing to do.”

Currently, 16 states and the District of Columbia have some form of a pregnancy accommodation in statute. 

“It is time for Ohio to join the other states across the country and protect pregnant women from discrimination,” said Senator Tavares. “No woman should ever have to feel like she must choose between her pregnancy and her job. Pregnant women are capable of performing on the job and their employers should afford them the opportunity to continue working.”

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