Hobby Lobby ruling prompts NYC leaders to push ‘Boss Bill’ in Albany
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling controversial 5-4 ruling that privately-held companies aren’t required to offer contraceptive health care coverage contrary to their religious beliefs spurred local leaders to stand behind Senate bill designed to protect employees.
A bevy of state and city leaders stood in front of City Hall on Tuesday to support the state Sen. Liz Krueger’s proposed law to strengthen existing anti-discrimination laws in New York.
Also knows as the “Boss Bill,” it passed through the Democrat-led Assembly in June and would protect workers who access birth control from retaliation from their employers. Partly in response to Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. after the Supreme Court picked the case up, the bill does not directly affect insurance plans or providers.
Krueger told reporters that there are more than 100 cases of employee discrimination based on access to reproductive health care currently in the court system.
“This bill to protect women’s and men’s basic right to make their own reproductive health decisions passed with bipartisan support in the Assembly,” Krueger said in a statement, “and there is no good reason why it shouldn’t pass the Senate as soon as we are back in session.”
A similarly themed federal bill named the “Not My Boss’s Business Act” has more than 30 sponsors in the Democrat-controlled Senate. No GOP leaders in the Republican-run House of Representatives have endorsed the legislation.
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