Re-release for 10th anniversary of the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA)

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the passage of the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), which guarantees nursing rights for Minnesota workers, we are re-releasing our 2023 episode on Pregnancy and Pumping Rights.

Re-release for 10th anniversary of the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA)
The Gender Justice Brief
Re-release for 10th anniversary of the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA)

In 2014, Gender Justice helped catapult the life-changing package of legislation known as the Women’s Economic Security Act over the finishing line. In the decade since, the policies have been further strengthened, solidifying protections for pregnant and nursing employees, creating supports for parents of young children, narrowing the gender pay gap, and more.

In this episode, Senior Staff Attorney Sara Jane Baldwin and Humphrey School of Public Affairs policy student Allison Glass discuss the newly-updated Women’s Economic Security Act and its implications for pregnant and pumping employees. They discuss:

  • Recent updates to the Minnesota’s Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), which include more frequent breaks for nursing parents, lifting limits for pregnant employees, and expanded eligibility
  • A focus on employers’ obligations to create safe, private spaces for pumping with access to electrical outlets
  • The definition of retaliation against employees who assert these rights
  • Resources and tools for pregnant and pumping workers

Pregnancy and Pumping Rights at Work: Resources at Gender Justice

  • Know your Rights Info Sheets
  • Self-advocacy letters to customize and send to an employer when requesting accommodations
  • A privacy door hanger for pumping spaces

Join us on Monday, May 13 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of WESA!

  • Time: 8 a.m. – noon
  • Where: Minnesota Senate Building, Room 1200, at 95 University Ave. W. in St. Paul (a virtual option is available.)

About The Gender Justice Brief

The Gender Justice Brief is produced by Gunther Michael Jahnl of IQONEQ Communications Solutions and Audra Grigus.

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