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Illinois House OKs bill to give pregnant employees new rights

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A proposed state law would offer pregnant women additional protection at work.

The legislation will make sure pregnant moms get adequate water and rest breaks, and are not forced to do anything that might hurt the baby.

Opponents said the laws protecting pregnant workers are already strong enough, and this new law would lead to a string of lawsuits.

The bill is sponsored by State Rep. Mary Flowers.

The measure, which passed 65-36 and now moves to the Senate, would require that employers provide "reasonable accommodations" for all working pregnant women, including part-time and full-time employees.

"This is about life. This is about liberty. And this is about the pursuit of happiness," said Rep. Flowers. "Women who are pregnant deserve to be respected."

Governor Pat Quinn also favors the bill.

"No woman should have to decide between keeping her job or keeping her baby," Quinn said. "I urge the Senate to quickly pass this important bill."

In regards to the legislation bringing about a string of lawsuits, Flowers disagrees.

"Women are not interested in suing," she said. "They just want to be protected and respected like other employees."

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