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Does my employer have to accommodate me because I am pregnant?

Updated: Jul 11, 2022

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the rights of pregnant employees. Many people believe that their employer must accommodate them at all costs, but this is not always the case.

In this blog post, we will discuss the legal requirements for employers when it comes to pregnant employees. We will also cover some of the common accommodations that are requested by pregnant workers. Finally, we will provide you with some tips on how to approach your boss if you need accommodation during your pregnancy.

Pregnant Workers are Protected By Law

The law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to pregnant employees the same way the employer provides an accommodation to employees with a disability. However, not every request for accommodation will be granted. Employers can refuse an accommodation if it would create an undue hardship on the business.

There are a few common accommodations that pregnant employees may request. These include modified work hours, a different work schedule, and time off for doctor's appointments. Employers are not required to provide paid leave to pregnant employees, but they may choose to do so.

Speak to Your Boss if You Need an Accommodation

If you are pregnant and need accommodation, it is important to speak with your boss, and memorialize the conversation in writing. You can explain the type of accommodation that you need and why you think it is necessary. Be prepared to discuss how the accommodation will not create an undue hardship for your employer. Your employer is not allowed to retaliate against you for requesting an accommodation.

If you are unable to reach an agreement with your boss, you may want to consider speaking with an employment lawyer. An attorney can help you understand your rights and negotiate with your employer on your behalf.

My Office Will Protect Your Rights

If you are pregnant and feel like your employer is refusing reasonable requests for accommodation, contact my office. We can help you understand your rights and take action against your employer if necessary. We will work to ensure that you are treated fairly and have the resources you need to succeed during this important time.


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