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The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Despite existing protections, pregnant workers in the United States still face workplace discrimination – in all industries, across race and ethnicity, and in every state. Too often, pregnant workers are forced out of their jobs and denied small accommodations – such as sitting instead of standing or carrying a water bottle – that would enable them to continue working and supporting their families. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would help end this form of pregnancy discrimination, promote healthy pregnancies and protect the economic security of pregnant women and their families. 

Incarcerated Women Who Are Pregnant or Have Children

The United States has the world’s highest incarceration rate with 724 people per 100,000. Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the US, earning the title of ‘The World’s Prison Capital.’

Historically, correctional institutions have been disproportionately populated by male inmates. Correctional policies and procedures have been designed to ensure safety and security in a predominately male setting. However, over the past few years there has been a growing amount of women and girls in prison populations. There are about 2,044 women incarcerated in Louisiana. An estimated 5% of women coming into prisons and jails are pregnant and will likely deliver in prison. Additionally, there are an estimated 94,000 children in Louisiana who have experienced having a parent serve jail time.