Pregnancy is a protected condition, which means employers in California cannot discriminate against you if you are pregnant. Pregnancy is not always predictable. While you may be just fine doing your job as normal throughout your pregnancy, there may also be a time when you need adjustments made so you can do your job. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission explains that if you need accommodations due to your pregnancy to do your job, your employer must supply them.

There is a guideline, though, when it comes to accommodation. Providing them cannot cause a hardship to your employer, and they need to be reasonable as well. Hardship would be something that causes the employer financial strain or that is too difficult to implement.

For example, if you cannot stand on your feet for your whole shift, your employer could provide you a chair. As long as you can still do your job from a seated position, this is a reasonable accommodation. However, if you could not do your job or you needed a special type of chair that is very costly, your employer may be able to deny your request.

Accommodations may be physical or not. They also include giving you time off, allowing you to do light duty or changing your work duties to something you can do. Your employer should try to accommodate your needs if possible.

Besides being protected from discrimination under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, some conditions you may have during pregnancy may also be covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. This information is for education and is not legal advice.