New York City Law Protecting Pregnant Employees Goes Into Effect

As we anticipated in our prior post, former Mayor Bloomberg did sign the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which went into effect on January 30, 2014. Under the new law, employers with four or more employees will be required to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant women, so long as the requested accommodation does not constitute an undue hardship. An employee cannot be retaliated against for requesting such an accommodation.

Employees who feel their rights have been violated may file a complaint with the New York City Human Rights Commission within one year of the denial of the request, or file a lawsuit within three years.