Nebraska senators pass bill to protect pregnant employees

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Mothers-to-be will have better employment protections under a bill passed by Nebraska lawmakers.

The measure cleared the full Legislature Tuesday with a 45-0 vote.

The bill would require employers to acknowledge physical limitations of pregnancy and make accommodations for employees. It would also bar discrimination against pregnant women in employment practices like hiring or firing.

Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha has said the bill he sponsored complies with a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of a pregnant woman who asked for job accommodations similar to those available to workers with physical disabilities.

Gov. Pete Ricketts has five days to take action on the bill.

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