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State

Quinn signs pregnancy discrimination measure

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a measure into law aimed at curbing workplace discrimination against pregnant women.

The plan extends workplace protections to pregnant women, including requiring employers to consider accommodations if asked. That includes limits on manual labor and break space for breast feeding.

State Sen. Toi Hutchinson is a sponsor. She says it's the same situation as an employee who may have an injury affecting their work and may ask for modified duties, like being able to sit down.

The Democrat said Tuesday at an event marking the signing that it's an acknowledgement of issues pregnant women face, but also affects every family in the state.

Quinn signed the measure Monday. It also outlines penalties for employers.

The law takes effect in January.

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The legislation is HB8.

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