TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Florida is making it clear that anti-discrimination laws extend to mothers-to-be.READ MORE: Condo Collapse: Despite Broken Pelvis After 4-Story Fall, Mom Pulls Daughter Out Of Rubble
On Friday, the Florida Legislature passed a bill that would add pregnant women to the state’s existing civil rights law.
The measure passed the state’s House by a 115-2 vote. The Senate passed the bill unanimously.READ MORE: Condo Collapse: FIU Professor Found Surfside Building Had Been Sinking For Decades
If Gov. Rick Scott signs the bill (SB 982) into law, hotels and restaurants could not discriminate against pregnant women. Employers also could not refuse to hire a woman because she is pregnant.
There has been confusion in recent years about whether pregnant women are covered by existing anti-discrimination laws dealing with gender. The Florida Supreme Court in 2014 said that discrimination of pregnant women was covered.MORE NEWS: Condo Collapse: Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava Signs Emergency Order
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