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New Kentucky House Bill protects pregnant women on the job

Lyndi Trischler (FOX19 NOW File Photo) Lyndi Trischler (FOX19 NOW File Photo)

A new house bill is moving forward in the Kentucky legislature that would protect pregnant women on the job.

The "Kentucky Pregnant Workers Fairness Act" directs employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant women to protect their income and their safety on the job.  House Bill 218 passed the House Labor and Industry Committee Monday by unanimous vote.

House Bill 218 comes after pregnant Florence cop, Lyndi Trischler, was force to take unpaid leave for requesting light duty. 

[Related: Pregnant Florence police officer told to keep patrolling or take unpaid leave]

Trischler is now back at work but Kentucky legislators are hoping this new legislation will ensure what happened to her never happens to anyone else.

"Unfortunately, all too often, pregnant workers, especially low wage women or those with physically demanding jobs are placed on unpaid leave or terminated when they seek a work modification such as relief from heavy lifting, time off to recover from child birth, or a stool to sit on," Elizabeth Gedmark, Director of the Southern Office at A Better Balance, said.

Similar legislation is in place in 13 other states.  

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