The Americans With Disabilities Act And Pregnancy Protection
In the term of a nine-month pregnancy, many women experience serious complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure and back pain. A woman who suffers from pregnancy complications may have important rights under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Generally, pregnancy is not covered under the ADA, but the complications that often stem from pregnancy may be covered.
ADA Protection For Pregnancy Complications
The main test to see if your pregnancy complication has risen to the level of a covered disability under the ADA is whether it substantially limits or fully limits a major life activity such as work. If a side effect of pregnancy substantially limits or fully limits your ability to complete work, your employer must reasonably accommodate the disability under the ADA.
Other federal and state laws may further protect a woman with a serious pregnancy complication, including bed rest and post-labor complications. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and other state laws prevent both pregnancy harassment and pregnancy discrimination.
Talking to a knowledgeable LA attorney at Bononi Law Group, LLP, about your rights if you’re experiencing debilitating pregnancy complications will help you understand how your employer should accommodate your situation. We can also assist with a claim for damages against an employer that has failed to accommodate pregnancy complications or that has fired or retaliated against you for seeking disability accommodation.