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Is Pregnancy Considered a Disability?

I’m often asked if pregnancy is a disability, entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Well, effective January 30, 2014, legislation will require most NY City employers to provide a reasonable accommodation for an employee’s pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition. Employers with at least four employees are subject to the law. Examples of such reasonable accommodations include bathroom breaks, leave for a period of disability arising from childbirth, breaks to facilitate water intake, periodic rest of those who stand for long periods of time and assistance with manual labor.

This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.




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