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Employees in Connecticut are protected by federal and state laws from being subjected to adverse treatment due to pregnancy. These laws also require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees who are pregnant or who recently gave birth.
Federal laws protecting pregnant and post-partum workers include the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These laws are reinforced and supplemented by the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA). Together, they prohibit employers from doing the following:
These laws also address the types of accommodations employers must make to enable a pregnant employee to work comfortably. Connecticut law requires these reasonable accommodations:
All employers with three or more employees are required to comply with Connecticut anti-discrimination and reasonable accommodation laws. Employers who retaliate against an employee for requesting a reasonable accommodation face potential sanctions.
An employer can, however, refuse to make an accommodation that would cause undue hardship. That means the employer needs to show that the accommodation would require significant difficulty or expense under the circumstances. The court will look at various factors when evaluating an undue hardship claim, including the size of the employer, its financial resources and the cost of the accommodation. An experienced employment law attorney can thoroughly evaluate whether a failure to accommodate was appropriate under the specific circumstances.
At Gesmonde, Pietrosimone & Sgrignari, L.L.C., we have successfully handled numerous pregnancy discrimination and failure-to-accommodate claims involving companies of varying sizes. If you believe you were a victim of pregnancy discrimination at work, call 203-745-0942 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with an employment law attorney in Hamden or East Haven.
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