California Broadens the Protections for Pregnancy

First Quarter 2013Articles California Update

Rights for pregnant women begin with pregnancy disability leave but certainly do not end there. Recently, in Sanchez v. Swissport (2013) 213 Cal.App.4th 1331, an appellate court held that four months of leave may not be enough for a woman disabled by pregnancy. Rather, the employer has a duty to engage in the interactive process under the FEHA and may need to provide additional time off for a pregnant employee as a reasonable accommodation.