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3 common examples of reasonable accommodations

Ensuring a supportive work environment for pregnant women helps promote their health, well-being and continued productivity. Employers must provide reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of pregnant employees and prevent pregnancy discrimination.

The specific accommodations may vary depending on circumstances. However, certain accommodations can benefit pregnant women in the workplace. Recognizing and implementing these accommodations helps foster inclusivity. It also supports the health and success of pregnant employees.

1. Adjusted work schedules

A common accommodation for pregnant women is work schedule adjustments to accommodate medical appointments or reduce symptoms such as fatigue or morning sickness. Employers may allow flexible start or end times, shorter workdays or remote work opportunities to meet the needs of pregnant employees. These adjustments help pregnant women manage their workload while prioritizing their health and well-being.

2. Modified job duties

Another common accommodation is modifying job duties to meet physical limitations or restrictions associated with pregnancy. This may include assigning lighter tasks or reducing lifting or physical exertion requirements. It might also include providing more breaks to rest and recover. By adapting job duties to suit the capabilities of pregnant employees, employers can help workers stay safe throughout pregnancy.

3. Accommodations for comfort and safety

Employers may also provide reasonable accommodations to ensure the comfort and safety of pregnant women at work. This could involve providing ergonomic furniture or equipment or adjusting workstation setups. It could also include providing access to appropriate seating or restroom facilities. These accommodations aim to reduce discomfort and the risk of injury or complications associated with pregnancy.

By prioritizing the needs of pregnant women, employers can foster a workplace culture that values diversity, inclusivity and employee well-being.