House and Senate lawmakers have filed bills that would seek to protect pregnant women from discrimination in issues such as employment and benefits. Sen. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, filed the Senate version (SB 220) on Monday, while Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana, filed the House version (HB 105) on Friday. The bills would add pregnancy to a law that bars discrimination based on such factors as race, religion, sex, national origin and age. Along with barring discrimination against pregnant women in employment practices, the bill also addresses discrimination in public lodging establishments, public food-service establishments and public accommodations. The bills are filed for the 2014 legislative session.
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