Bill looks to give pregnant workers more protections

Published: Feb. 8, 2018 at 12:15 PM EST
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A bill that passed the Kentucky Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday looks to help ease the burden on pregnant women on the job.

Florence Police Officer Lyndi Trischler spoke in front of the committee as they considered the bill.

Trischler shared her story of struggling through pregnancy while trying to work in the hopes that no other women might have to experience the same.

"I really wanted to work. I didn't want a handout, I didn't want a paycheck to sit at home, I really wanted to work and I think a lot of women want to work. They want to earn their paycheck so I'm very hopeful."

Trischler told lawmakers about her second pregnancy, one made even more difficult because of a rare condition she knew her son wouldn't survive. In the fifth month, doctors advised her to only complete light duties at work. She says her employer forced her to go on unpaid leave, and threatened loss of health insurance. The experience is still difficult for her talk about, but she does so to fight for guaranteed protections for pregnant women. Protections like providing uniforms that are slightly bigger for pregnant employees, providing appropriate seating at work, more frequent bathroom breaks, and even longer breaks to handle morning sickness.

"It is tough. It is tough to go back to that," said Trischler. "But I just think it's important, and I don't think it's talked about enough. It's kind of a, especially in my profession, it's just not something people want to talk about and I just think it's really important."

The bill passed the committee Thursday morning. It now goes on to a full Senate vote.