Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today attended a press conference urging Speaker Silver and Assembly Democrats to allow each of the Women’s Equality Bills to come to the Assembly floor for an up-or-down vote. Five of the bills already passed the Senate, including the Senate version of McLaughlin’s own bill (A.8811) to prevent discrimination in the hiring and promotion of people with families and children, including pregnant women.
“The Senate has passed five of the Women’s Equality Bills as stand-alone measures. If the Assembly Democrats would follow suit, we could pass these bills, which have broad bi-partisan support, and see the measures enacted into law,” said McLaughlin.
“I am proud of my bill because it protects families from unfair discrimination by employers. Family status is already protected in areas of credit and housing, but not in the workplace. That situation needs to change so that individuals, especially pregnant women, are not punished at work for their decision to raise a family.
“These common-sense bills enjoy bipartisan support. Enough is enough. It’s time to pass the nine non-controversial bills and have a debate about the 10th. However, Speaker Silver would prefer to see all these common-sense measures fail so that he can use this as a political issue this fall. That’s petty, but sadly it’s what we've come to expect from this speaker,” McLaughlin concluded.