Washington State has begun implementing new standards to help workers stay healthy and protect their loved ones. These new laws are the result of the activism and collaboration of many individuals, community groups, labor unions, advocacy organizations, business owners, and policymakers.
Healthy Pregnancies, Healthy Starts – In Effect Statewide Since July 23, 2017
New Rights: Pregnant workers now have the right to reasonable accommodations in the workplace to stay healthy. Most employers must provide pregnant employees with flexibility regarding restroom breaks, food and beverages, seating, or limits on lifting. Pregnant workers can also ask for other accommodations, so long as they are not too burdensome for their employer, such as less hazardous work assignments and flexible scheduling for prenatal visits.
Who’s Covered: These new rights apply to employees of companies with 15 or more employees.
For More Information or to File a Complaint: Visit www.atg.wa.gov/pregnancy-accommodations or contact the Attorney General’s Office toll-free at 1-833-389-2427.