At the end of June 2019, a new law came into effect in Kentucky called the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act. This established additional rights for pregnant employees that can make their work experience easier.
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant and you have a job in Kentucky, you should gain a good understanding of the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act, as well as other laws. This will help you to understand your rights and to take action if you believe that your rights have been violated.
What rights do I gain under the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act?
The Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act demands that Kentucky employers give “reasonable accommodations” to work requirements for pregnant people in the workplace. This means that employers should recognize the need for pregnant employees to alter some aspects of their work routine in accordance with the demands of their medical condition. For example, they may need to be seated when conducting work that might usually involve standing up.
Do these rights apply after giving birth?
Eligible employers must also offer reasonable accommodations such as allowing a new parent to breastfeed or pump when necessary and providing an appropriate place in which to do this.
Does the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act apply to all pregnant employees?
Only pregnant employees who work for companies who have had a minimum of 15 workers every working day for the last 20 weeks are covered under the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act.
If you believe that your Kentucky employer failed to offer you the reasonable accommodations that you deserve, you should consider taking action to assert your rights.