An article just published in today’s New York Times deserves a read: it is about a woman who lost her desperately-needed job when her doctor insisted that she not work overtime because of a high-risk pregnancy.
The company refused to accommodate her, telling her that it needed a “full duty release” from her doctor if she wanted to continue working.
The Times wrote about the existing NYC law: “This month marks the first anniversary of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which was signed into law by former [NYC] Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Oct. 2, 2013. The law, which went into effect in January, represents a big step forward for working women.
It requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers — such as providing rest and water breaks, modified work schedules and light duty – so long as the accommodations don’t cause undue hardship for the employer.”
Guess that this employer did not get the message.