You may be entitled to a workplace accommodation – or a change to how, when, or where you do your job – to help ensure a healthy pregnancy. Accommodations can help you continue working and earning a paycheck.
Additionally, you may be entitled to take leave – before and after giving birth. And after returning to work, you may be entitled to take breaks during the day to pump breastmilk.
Whether you are entitled to these protections depends on the state where you live, the size and policies of your employer, and any health conditions you have during pregnancy. Unfortunately, it is not straightforward. But the resources below can help.
Check out the resources below to learn more about your workplace rights.
Getting Help At Work – Video
Are you pregnant at work? Need light duty, additional breaks, leave, or other accommodations? Have questions about your rights and responsibilities?
View Getting Help At Work to learn from the experts at WorkLife Law and A Better Balance about the state and federal laws that protect pregnant women, along with practical tips for making it easier to work while pregnant.
Contact the Center for WorkLife Law’s free legal hotline.
This national hotline provides information to employees about their family caregiving responsibilities, including pregnancy, maternity, and parental needs and protections. The hotline also provides the names of lawyers in your state who are willing to be contacted about such matters (if appropriate).
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 703-8276.
You may also contact A Better Balance’s free legal hotline to speak with an attorney about your situation. In New York, call (212) 430-5982; in Tennessee, call (615) 915-2417.