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New York Bartenders Must Serve Pregnant Women

A controversial new law is going into effect in New York that states that bartenders can’t deny service to women who are (or appear to be) pregnant.
USA Today reports:

Pregnant women who belly up to New York City bars now have the law on their side.

New guidelines went into effect across the city this week that prohibit bars from refusing to serve alcohol to women who are pregnant (or who seem to be pregnant).

The same guidelines also forbid bouncers at those bars from denying pregnant women entry.

The guidelines, released Friday by the city’s Commission on Human Rights, state that “using safety as a pretext for discrimination or as a way to reinforce traditional gender norms or stereotypes is unlawful.”

The rules also apply to night clubs and restaurants that serve alcohol, and require restaurants to serve women raw fish—considered by some to be a pregnancy risk—upon request.

Bartenders also must abide a state law that requires them to post signs warning about the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant.

SMH….so if you see a pregnant lady guzzling down a beer at an NY bar don’t be alarmed…


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