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Green Bay Democrat Rep. Genrich wants to end unpaid leave for pregnant women

Wisconsin State Representative Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay). (Photo by: Legis.Wisconsin.Gov).
Wisconsin State Representative Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay). (Photo by: Legis.Wisconsin.Gov).

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - If a state Democrat has his way, Wisconsin employers would no longer force pregnant women to take unpaid leaves. 

Freshman Representative Eric Genrich of Green Bay says the current law allow employers to send pregnant women home if problems develop which make it hard for them to perform their normal duties.

The Genrich bill would force employers to create new considerations for keeping them on the job longer -- with things like for breaks during the day, and letting them sit on stools and carry water. 

The bill does provide an exemption in cases where it's an "undue hardship" for employers to keep certain women on the job. 

The current law makes it illegal for bosses to discriminate against their pregnant workers. Genrich says it's not acceptable just to tell women to come back when they're not pregnant. 

He hopes the measure would provide clarity for both employers and their workers.

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