By CBSMiami.com Team

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Florida lawmakers could consider a proposal aimed at ensuring employers provide accommodations for pregnant women.

Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez, from Doral, filed a proposal (SB 384) on Monday that, in part, would make it illegal for employers to “fail to make reasonable accommodations, upon request, for an employee with a medical need related to pregnancy, unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer’s business.”

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Such accommodations could include such things as providing longer or more frequent breaks, temporary job restructuring, temporary transfers to less strenuous or less-hazardous work, and providing non-restroom space for lactation.

The bill also would make it illegal to require employees to take leave because of pregnancy-related medical needs if reasonable accommodations can be provided and would bar taking “adverse action” against employees for requesting or using accommodations.

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The bill is filed for the 2021 legislative session, which will start in March.

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