Employers must accommodate pregnant employees. With that said, an employer does not have to do everything and anything to accommodate a pregnant employee. Instead, an employer must provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees.
Oftentimes, when a pregnant employee notifies her employer that she is pregnant, the employer may conclude that the employee is unable to perform the essential functions of her job simply because she is pregnant. Employers cannot unilaterally make such a conclusion. In other words, pregnant employees should ensure that they have provided their employer with documentation that they are able to perform the essential functions of their job with or without a reasonable accommodation.
If a pregnant employee needs an accommodation, they should make sure they make a request for the accommodation in writing. Employers must provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees to the same extent they would accommodate other employees, such as employees with disabilities.
We have previously blogged about pregnancy discrimination here. The blog touches on employers’ obligation to accommodate pregnant employees.
If your employer has discriminated against you because of your pregnancy or if your employer has refused to accommodate you and you are pregnant, then you should contact an Ohio Employment Discrimination Attorneys. We are happy to provide you with a free consultation regarding pregnancy discrimination and pregnancy accommodations. Feel free to contact our office for a FREE consultation at 1-614-949-1181.