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4 reasonable pregnancy accommodations in California

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2024 | Pregnancy Discrimination

Pregnancy requires adjustments. This can be especially true in the workplace.

In California, legal provisions can help pregnant employees receive reasonable accommodations to support their health.

1. Flexible work schedules

With flexible work schedules, employers acknowledge the challenges of balancing work responsibilities with prenatal appointments and potential fatigue. Examples of flexibility include adjusting start and end times, allowing for telecommuting or providing part-time work options.

For instance, a pregnant employee might need to attend more frequent medical appointments as the pregnancy progresses. Offering flexibility enables the employee to manage health needs and work commitments.

2. Modified job duties

If a job involves heavy lifting or prolonged standing, employers can adjust responsibilities. The aim is to minimize the risk of injury or discomfort to the pregnant employee. This might involve reallocating tasks, providing additional assistance or temporarily assigning alternative duties that the individual can do.

3. Access to accommodation facilities

Accommodation facilities include private lactation rooms. Lactation rooms offer a private space for nursing mothers to express breast milk comfortably and hygienically. These rooms should have amenities such as comfortable seating, electrical outlets for breast pumps and refrigeration facilities for storing milk.

4. Paid pregnancy leave

Paid pregnancy leave can cover prenatal care, childbirth and recovery. In California, the Paid Family Leave program provides eligible employees with partial wage replacement.

This financial support helps reduce the financial burden of taking time off work for pregnancy-related reasons. It lets pregnant employees prioritize their health and well-being.

These accommodations recognize the unique needs and challenges pregnant individuals face. The changes also contribute to a culture of equity and inclusivity in the workplace.



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