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.