Albany (WSYR-TV) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the Women’s Equality Act at the capital in Albany Tuesday.
The act contains a provision that will strengthen abortion rights at the state level.
Governor Cuomo wants to create a safety net for abortion rights in case the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark case Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal.
Other provisions in the 10-point agenda include:
- Strengthening pay equality laws.
- Expanding sexual harassment laws in the workplace.
- Enabling victims of employment discrimination cases to be reimbursed for legal fees.
- Prohibiting employers from denying employment or promotion to workers with children.
- Prohibiting landlords from discriminating against victims of domestic violence.
- Prohibiting landlords from discriminating against tenants based on their source of income.
- Strengthening protection for domestic violence victims against their abusers.
- Creating stronger human trafficking laws.
- Requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees.
The bill is expected to pass the Assembly but it's unclear whether it will make it out of the Senate.