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Your employment rights during and after pregnancy

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2018 | Firm News |

Being pregnant is an exciting but sometimes complicated time. There are many questions you might have, especially concerning your job. Your employment rights during and after your pregnancy are a top concern.

The state of California guarantees you several rights when you are pregnant. Here is a brief outline of your employment rights during your pregnancy:

Employment rights

You have protection from discrimination from your employer during your pregnancy. This means you cannot be fired or harassed due to your pregnancy. You cannot be passed over for promotion or a raise due to your pregnancy either.


You have rights to certain accommodations during your pregnancy. These are changes to your work place that can help you do your job during your pregnancy. Some example of accommodations are longer breaks, use of a chair during work.

Pregnancy Disability Leave

You may be eligible for pregnancy disability benefits depending on your condition. A few examples of pregnancy disability are severe morning sickness, pre or postnatal care and post-partum depression.

Pregnancy Disability Leave time varies depending on your health care provider’s recommendation. However, you are automatically allowed up to four months of leave. Depending on your employer, you may be allowed longer leave.

You can also break up your pregnancy disability leave. This means you can take your leave in small time periods, like a few days or even hours at a time.

These are just a few of the rights you have while pregnant. Make sure you know what you’re entitled to from your employer during your pregnancy.