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!


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Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at [email protected]