On April 25, 2024, seventeen states filed suit  the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas requesting a stay and preliminary injunction of the agency’s recently promulgated final rule implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act alleging that its abortion accommodation provisions violate the Administrative Procedure Act. The states also claim the rule to be unconstitutional.

The rule, which is effective June 18, 2024, would have implications for a majority of the teaching workforce, which was 77% female, and would also impact all other pregnant public school employees, including but not limited to administrators.

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