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What rights do I have as a pregnant employee?
When an individual becomes pregnant while employed, there are common questions regarding their rights to medical leave and to take time off to care for their family. Both state and federal laws protect employees from discrimination based on their pregnancy, childbirth or any related medical conditions. This article addresses certain frequently asked questions about pregnancy and employment in the state of California.
Which laws are in place in California in respect of pregnancy disability leave?
A private employer with five or more employees, is required under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) to provide employees with the right to take up to 12 weeks off. This can be used to bond with a new child, or take care of family members with a serious health condition or their own serious health condition.
Additionally, California law guarantees Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL)for employees disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.