If You Are Pregnant and Work in West Virginia, Read This.

The West Virginia Pregnant Workers Fairness Act makes it clear that employers must provide a safe work environment for pregnant employees.

Why do we need Pregnant Workers Fairness Act?

Lifting, bending or standing for long periods can cause problems for some pregnant women. Some employers have failed to make accomodations for these women. Not any more.

Am I covered?

  • The law protects workers who need reasonable who need reasonable accommodations due to pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions (like lactation)
  • If you work for the govrnment in any capacity OR work for an employer with twelve or more employees, you’re covered.
  • You employer can require you to provide written documentation from your health care provider specifying your limitations and suggesting accommodations.

With the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, your rights are crystal clear:
You have the right to a reasonable accommodation if you need one and it won’t cause undue hardship to your employer. For example, a reasonable accommodation might mean allowing you to: 

  • Sit on a stool rather than stand during a shift
  • Take as many bathroom or water breaks as needed
  • Avoid heavy lifting
  • Work a light duty assignment
  • Take breaks to pump breast milk after your baby is born
  • And more

Your employer may NOT:

  • Fire or penalize you due to pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions
  • Deny you reasonable accommodations that do not cause undue hardship to employer
  • Force you to accept changes in your work when you don’t need any modifications to continue doing your job
  • Force you to take paid or unpaid leave if you could keep working with reasonable accommodations.

What if I still have questions?

Contact WV FREE at info@wvfree.org
304-342-9188 and www.wvfree.org