The city released human rights guidelines in support of pregnant women Friday

By Julie Mazziotta
Updated May 10, 2016 06:20 PM
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brightcove.createExperiences(); New York City bars can no longer refuse to serve alcohol to pregnant women, according to new guidelines.

The New York City Human Rights Commission released Friday new guidelines to eliminate discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace and out in public.

The Commission wanted to eliminate policies that “single out pregnant individuals,” according to the document.

“Unlawful policies include those that categorically exclude pregnant workers or workers who are capable of becoming pregnant from specific job categories or positions, deny entrance to pregnant individuals to certain public accommodations, or refuse to serve certain food or drinks to pregnant individuals or individuals perceived to be pregnant.”

“Judgments and stereotypes about how pregnant individuals should behave, their physical capabilities, and what is or is not healthy for a fetus are pervasive in our society and cannot be used as pretext for unlawful discriminatory decisions.”

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The Commission gives specific examples of discrimination that pregnant women may face, including, “A restaurant policy that prohibits staff from serving pregnant individuals raw fish or alcohol,” or “A bouncer denies a pregnant individual entrance to a bar based on the belief that pregnant individuals should not be going to bars and/or drinking alcohol.”

Bars are still required, however, to post warnings that drinking during pregnancy can lead to birth defects, according to the Associated Press.

The guidelines also emphasize that employers cannot discriminate against pregnant women by refusing to hire them or taking away their job duties.

“Far too often, pregnant employees are denied basic accommodations in the workplace, unnecessarily putting their pregnancy and health at risk,” Human Rights commissioner and chairwoman Carmelyn Malalis said in a statement.