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NYC Employers Must Accommodate Pregnant Employees

Magazine article HRMagazine

NYC Employers Must Accommodate Pregnant Employees

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A new law prohibits most New York City employers from denying bathroom breaks and other accommodations to pregnant employees. The city is the latest in a growing number of jurisdictions-including California, Connecticut, Maryland and Texas-that mandate some form of pregnancy accommodation. These state and local requirements must be satisfied in addition to those required under federal laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA).

Unlike the ADA, the federal PDA does not require employers to accommodate a pregnant worker. Under the New York City law, however, an employer may no longer refuse a pregnant employee's request to stay offladders during her third trimester or keep a bottle of water nearby, even if other employees would not be allowed to do the same.

Employers with at least four employees are subject to the law, which provides examples of reasonable accommodation, such as bathroom breaks and periodic rest for those who stand for long periods. …

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