Lawmaker To Pregnant Employees: "It's Not Prison. You Can Quit"
It was just reported that “South Dakota state Rep. Wayne H. Steinhauer (R-Minnehaha) was among eight male lawmakers who blocked a state bill requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations during and after pregnancy. During a Monday hearing, Steinhauer said pregnant workers should ‘get the heck out of there’ if their bosses are not compliant.”
He said that “It’s not prison. You can quit.”
For his comments and his blocking of a state law which would have prohibited workplace discrimination on the basis of pregnancy (similar to Title VII’s Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”)), we confer upon Rep. Steinhauer our highly coveted “Equal Opportunity Lawmaker of The Week” award.
Way to go, Wayne! Keep up the good work!