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Can you request reasonable accommodations when pregnant?

If you are pregnant, you may be able to request various reasonable accommodations to enable you to continue working safely and comfortably throughout your pregnancy. This is in line with the anti-discrimination provisions set forth by federal and state laws, which protect pregnant employees from being treated unfairly or unfavorably in the workplace due to their pregnancy status. 

Employers in Texas should provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees, better ensuring equal treatment and opportunities for all employees regardless of pregnancy or related medical conditions.

What reasonable accommodations can I request?

As a pregnant employee, you can request reasonable accommodations such as:

  • Adjustments to your work schedule or hours to accommodate medical appointments or alleviate pregnancy-related symptoms
  • Modification of tasks or duties that may pose risks to your health or the health of your unborn child
  • Temporary shift to a less physically demanding position, if available
  • Permission to take more frequent breaks or rest periods
  • Provision of additional equipment or ergonomic support to enhance comfort and safety
  • Easier work arrangements, such as telecommuting or part-time schedules, if feasible
  • Temporary relief from lifting heavy objects or performing strenuous activities

These accommodations aim to support your well-being and help you perform your job duties effectively while prioritizing your health during pregnancy.

How do I request reasonable accommodations?

There are several ways you can request reasonable accommodations as a pregnant worker:

  • Directly approach your supervisor or human resources department to discuss your needs and request accommodations verbally or in writing.
  • Refer to your company’s employee handbook or policies to understand the procedure for requesting accommodations and follow the designated process.
  • Use any forms or documentation provided by your employer specifically for requesting accommodations, making sure to provide all necessary information about your pregnancy-related needs.

If you encounter resistance in obtaining reasonable accommodations for your pregnancy, you can reach out to resources like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or additional legal guidance.