Is pregnancy covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? Are pregnant students entitled to reasonable accommodations under the ADA?
Although pregnancy itself is a not a disability, pregnant employees may have impairments (such as gestational diabetes or severe morning sickness) related to pregnancy and childbirth that qualify as disabilities under the ADA.
An employer must provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related disabilities unless the accommodation would be an undue hardship on the employer. Although every situation is different, examples of possible accommodations could include:
- Allowing the pregnant employee to work from home during the pregnancy
- Allowing the pregnant employee to start later in the day than other employees and make up the time on a weekend
- Allowing the pregnant employee to have more leave than that which is provided under TAMU’s sick/vacation policies.
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