Accommodating Pregnancy at Work
While all women hope for an easy pregnancy, pregnancy causes a
woman’s body to change--dramatically. Often, this means that women
need accommodations to do work they did without accommodations
California it is unlawful for employers with five or more employees
to refuse to provide reasonable accommodation for an employee for
conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical
conditions, if she so requests, with the advice of her health care
What is a “reasonable accommodation” may vary depending on a woman’s
position and employer. But, if you require a change in job
functions during your pregnancy, you should make a request to your
employer. The type and variety of accommodations are as varied as
job types. Some common accommodations include: no heavy lifting, no
climbing on ladders, no air travel, allowing more frequent breaks,
the ability to eat every 2 hours, etc.
be on the safe side, it is advisable to provide a doctor’s note
specifying the accommodations needed and that the accommodation is
necessary due to pregnancy. You do not need to advise your employer
of any specific health problems. If you are unable to get a
doctor’s note prior to your need for an accommodation, you should
inform your supervisor and Human Resources of your need for an
accommodation due to pregnancy and obtain a doctor’s note as soon as
Regardless of the accommodation needed, make sure you notify your
employer – the health of your baby is too important not
For more information on Accommodating
Pregnancy at Work and
other rights to leave during and after pregnancy, visit
www.pregnancylawyer.com or call Attorney
Sarah B. Schlehr directly at (310) 492-5757.
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