Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill that backers say will keep women from having to choose between healthy pregnancies or keeping their jobs.
The bill promises to apply disability standards to pregnancy, by requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations upon request unless doing so would impose undue hardship on the business.
Those accommodations could include anything from temporary transfers to less strenuous positions, to providing workers with a stool to sit on or more frequent bathroom breaks.
The Republican governor will sign the bill Thursday afternoon during a ceremony at the Statehouse.
Duarte says she hopes the new law would assure that no other woman suffers as she did.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo made the bill a priority after MotherWoman, an advocacy group for working women, negotiated an agreement with Associated Industries of MA on proposed language.
The bill would take effect April 1, 2018.