What are some limitations you may have at work during pregnancy?

On Behalf of | Dec 5, 2019 | Employment law

Pregnancy is not an illness or a disability. However, it can impact your body in many negative ways. You may find that you grow tired more quickly or that you cannot stand for long periods. You have to adjust as your body develops throughout the course of your pregnancy. Most women in Pennsylvania find that they can easily remain working up until they give birth. However, it is not uncommon for pregnant women to need some type of accommodations or face limitations in what they can do at work.

The Mayo Clinic explains some of the limitations may require a slight adjustment to your normal work routine. For example, if you find your fatigue is especially challenging, you may ask your employer for short breaks throughout the day when you can get up and move around to give you an energy boost.  You may also need to request a different chair or get permission to prop your feet up while working.

Other issues you experience may require more involved accommodations. For example, if you work around substances or situations known to be harmful to an unborn child, you may need a reassignment of job duties during your pregnancy.

You should keep in mind that the law is on your side. Your employer must offer you reasonable accommodations and provide you with fair treatment during your pregnancy. Your employer should treat you in the same manner as any other employee who requires accommodations. Otherwise, you may have a pregnancy discrimination issue. This information is for education and is not legal advice.