Fla. Lawmakers Pass Anti-Pregnancy Discrimination Bill

By Y. Peter Kang (April 24, 2015, 5:58 PM EDT) -- The Florida Legislature on Friday passed a bill that would outlaw discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace and public places, including hotels and restaurants, as part of an amendment to the state's civil rights law.

The Florida House of Representatives passed the bill on Friday with a vote of 115-2, which follows a unanimous vote by the Florida Senate on Wednesday. Should Florida Gov. Rick Scott approve the bill, the law would take effect on July 1 and would prevent hotels, restaurants and employers from discriminating against pregnant women.

The passage of the bill, sponsored by Sen. Geraldine F. Thompson,...

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