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Pregnancy and the Workplace: Know Your Rights

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This article contains information to let you know about protections available to pregnant employees in the workplace. This article was written by the Texas Young Lawyers Association



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Protections are expanding for pregnant and lactating women in the workplace.

Understanding your rights if you are working and become pregnant is essential, not only to peace of mind while you await the birth of your child, but for a sense of security after your child is born. This guide is designed to help you understand your employer’s legal obligations to pregnant employees from the hiring phase to their return to work after childbirth. 

Table of Contents

  • Introduction 
    • Page 1
  • What Are My Employer’s Obligations Toward Pregnant Employees? 
    • Page 1
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act 
    • Page 1
  • The Americans With Disabilities Act
    • Page 2
  • Does My Employer Have To Provide Maternity Or Paternity Leave?
    • Page 3
  • What Are My Obligations To My Employer If I Want To Take Leave For The Birth Of My Baby? 
    • Page 4
  • What Are My Employer’s Obligations Once I Return From A Pregnancy, Child Birth Or Adoption Related Leave? 
    • Page 5
  • Nursing and Lactating Employees 
    • Page 5
  • What Should I Do If I Think My Employer Is Violating My Rights? 
    • Page 6

Pregnancy in the Workplace - Video

TYLA also produced a video in which legal experts discuss protections for pregnant people in the workplace.

Click HERE to watch the Video

Link to the "Pregnancy and the Workplace: Know Your Rights – A Guide for Employees"

The publication put together by the Texas Young Lawyers Association is available at the link below.

Pregnancy and the workplace: know your rights