Virginia--Laws Relating to Pregnancy

Virginia--Laws Relating to Pregnancy

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Prohibitions against Pregnancy Discrimination

An employer may not fire an employee because of sex, childbirth, pregnancy, or related medical conditions, including lactation.

*Applies to employers of between five and fifteen employees.

For the text of the statute, click here.[1]

Pregnancy Accommodation

Virginia does not provide additional protections to the federal law.

Pregnancy-related Disability Accommodation

Virginia does not specifically accommodate pregnancy or its attendant medical conditions as a disability.

Breastfeeding Rights

A woman has the right to breastfeed her child on any property owned, leased or controlled by the state. It is unclear whether this extends to a woman’s place of employment.

For the text of the statute, click here.[2]

An employer cannot fire a woman because of a childbirth-related condition, including lactation, defined as both feeding a child and expressing milk.

*Applies to employers of between five and fifteen employees.

For the text of the statute, click here.[3]

Family and Childcare Leave Laws

Some state workers are eligible for up to 125 days of full or partial wage replacement for pregnancy disability/maternity leave through Virginia’s short-term disability insurance system.

For the text of the statute, click here.[4]

Some state workers are eligible for up to 125 days of full or partial wage replacement for pregnancy disability/maternity leave through Virginia’s short-term disability insurance system. Some state workers are entitled to a few days per year of paid family or personal leave due to the illness or death of a family member. Those who have worked up to one year are eligible for 32 hours per year, while workers who have worked for more than a year receive 40 hours per year.

For the text of the statute, click here.[5]

For the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, click here.

For the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, click here.

For further information on your pregnancy rights, contact Legal Momentum.

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[1] Va. Code § 2.2-3903

[3] Va. Code § 2.2-3903

[4] Va. Code. Ann. § 51.1-1110

[5] Va. Code. Ann. §§ 51.1-1107, 51.1-1108

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