What are some reasonable accommodations that an employer may want to or be asked to provide to a pregnant employee?

Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor

The following are some reasonable accommodations an employer may want to consider providing to a pregnancy employee or that an employee may request:

  • Temporarily assigning the employee light-duty work;
  • Transferring the employee to a less strenuous position;
  • Reducing the employee's hours;
  • Providing the employee with time off for doctor's appointments;
  • Permitting an employee on bed rest to telecommute;
  • Granting an employee additional leave;
  • Redistributing marginal or non-essential job duties that a pregnant worker cannot perform;
  • Modifying workplace policies regarding rest breaks or food and drinks on the job;
  • Modifying work schedules to accommodate morning sickness; or
  • Providing equipment, such as a stool, to assist with performance of job duties.