The federal government ensures protections against discrimination and unfair treatment of pregnant women in the workplace. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Americans With Disabilities Act and even the Family and Medical Leave Act all apply to women during pregnancy who need accommodations or are seeking fair and equitable treatment.
Protect your rights by understanding the accommodations you may qualify for during your pregnancy.
State protection eligibility
The state of Minnesota, in addition to the federal government, has mandated accommodations for pregnant employees provided that they have worked for their employer for at least 12 months and work the equivalent of half of a full-time schedule at a minimum.
Accommodations you automatically receive
The state’s established protections automatically grant you accommodations for more frequent breaks, not only for restroom breaks but also food and drinks as well. You should receive accommodation to sit when necessary to minimize time on your feet. The law also imposes restrictions preventing your employer from making you lift anything over 20 pounds during pregnancy.
Accommodations you can request
Pregnancy can come with complications and medical concerns that necessitate other accommodations. Your employer must accommodate your needs as detailed in a letter from your doctor unless they can prove an unmanageable hardship on the business for doing so.
Know your rights as a pregnant employee to protect your health and that of your unborn child. Obtaining accommodations starts with a discussion with your employer. In cases of medical complications, obtain a letter from your healthcare provider to support your claims, including detail about the accommodations necessary.