On or before April 20, 2014, all employers with employees in the City of Philadelphia must post a new notice on pregnancy discrimination from the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. This law applies to all employers and employees working within the City. The law places a significant burden on employers. It makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to fail to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee with needs related to pregnancy, child birth, or a related condition provided: (1) the employee requests such accommodations; and (2) the requested accommodations would not pose an undue hardship to the employer. Particularly, the law does not require any form of documentation or support from a physician for an accommodation request – all that is required is an employee’s request to the employer.
Reasonable accommodations may include:
- restroom breaks
- periodic rest for those who stand for long periods of time
- assistance with manual labor
- leave for a period of disability arising from childbirth
- reassignment to a vacant position
- job restructuring
Employers may refuse an accommodation request where it would pose an undue hardship on the business, remember, an employer that denies a requested accommodation because it would impose an undue hardship bears the burden of proving undue hardship.
Source: JDSupera Business Advisor