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CT: Required Workplace Pregnancy Discrimination Notice Now Available

New Law Effective October 1, 2017

A new law in Connecticut sets forth certain workplace protections for pregnant workers and contains new notice requirements. The required notice is now available for download.

Notice Requirements
Employers with 3 or more employees must provide written notice of the right to be free from discrimination in relation to pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions, including the right to a reasonable accommodation to the known limitations related to pregnancy under the law to: new employees at the commencement of employment; existing employees within 120 days after the law takes effect; and any employee who notifies the employer of her pregnancy within 10 days of such notification.

An employer may comply with the provisions of the law by displaying a poster in a conspicuous place, accessible to employees, at the employer's place of business that contains the information required by the law in both English and Spanish.

Note: The state may adopt regulations to establish additional requirements concerning the means by which employers must provide such notice.

Summary of New Provisions
The law prohibits employers with 3 or more employees from (among other things):

  • Limiting, segregating, or classifying an employee in a way that would deprive her of employment opportunities due to her pregnancy;
  • Discriminating against an employee or person seeking employment on the basis of her pregnancy in the terms or conditions of her employment; and
  • Failing or refusing to make a reasonable accommodation for an employee or person seeking employment due to her pregnancy--unless the employer can demonstrate that such accommodation would impose an undue hardship on such employer.

The law is effective October 1, 2017. Click here to read the text of the law.

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