AG Ferguson issues guide for pregnant employees’ civil rights
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Attorney General Bob Ferguson released a guide Friday for employees and employers on specific civil rights that pregnant employees have under Washington state law.
The guide lays out the accommodations an employer must provide under a law passed in 2017 for employers with 15 or more employees.
The flyer outlines what pregnancy accommodation laws are, the rights that pregnant employees have in the workplace, which practices are prohibited for employers, and how pregnant employees can report pregnancy accommodation violations.
“A pregnant employee does not have to choose between her job and her health,” said Ferguson. “The law provides protections for pregnant employees, and it’s important that they know their rights. If employers do not respect these rights, my office will hold them accountable.”
The accommodations include the following:
-Provide frequent, longer, or flexible restroom breaks;
-Modify a no food or drink policy;
-Provide seating or allowing the employee to sit more frequently; and
-Limit lifting to 17 pounds or less
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