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Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
In the 2017-2018 legislative session, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts joined dozens of other leading advocacy groups in Massachusetts in advocating for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. This legislation will ensure that pregnant workers are treated fairly on the job, are protected against workplace discrimination, and are given the reasonable workplace accommodations they need and deserve, like water and bathroom breaks. The bill received broad bipartisan support in the Massachusetts Legislature and saw unanimous favorable votes in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts Senate. On July 27th, 2017, Massachusetts removed a significant barrier to reproductive freedom when Governor Charlie Baker signed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act into Commonwealth law.
Public Accommodations Law
In 2016, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts joined a coalitional effort led by Freedom Massachusetts to guarantee transgender Bay Staters with full and equal protection under Massachusetts law. The bill, An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination (S.735), provides critical anti-discrimination protections that ensure that everyone in the Commonwealth can access hospitals, hotels, restaurants, and other public places without facing discrimination on the basis of gender identity. On July 8, Governor Charlie Baker signed the Public Accommodations Bill into law; and it went into effect on October 1st.
Pay Equity Law
In 2016, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts worked with the Massachusetts Equal Pay Coalition to close the income gap for Massachusetts women. This law prohibits employers from asking about previous salaries in the hiring process and ensures that employees cannot be fired for discussing their salaries openly. The law also encourages employers to conduct internal reviews of their payroll to ensure equitable compensation. On August 1, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker signed the Pay Equity Bill into law. The new law will go into effect on July 1, 2018.