Alaska--Laws Relating to Pregnancy



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Prohibitions against Pregnancy Discrimination

It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person because of pregnancy when the reasonable demands of the position do not require distinction on the basis of pregnancy.[1]

For the text of the statute, click here.

Pregnancy Accommodation

A pregnant employee may request a transfer to a suitable position. All state employers that employ at least 21 employees are subject to this accommodation, and may not fill the position with a person other than the requesting employee until the employer has offered the position to the employee. An employer shall compensate the employee as closely to the rate at which the employee was compensated before the transfer or the position into which the employee transfers is compensated.[2]

For the text of the statute, click here.

Pregnancy-related Disability Accommodation

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

Breastfeeding Rights

Alaska does not provide women an affirmative right to breastfeed in public or at work.

Family and Childcare Leave Laws

State Employers – Pregnancy Leave

An officer or employee may take accrued personal leave for pregnancy and childbirth or for adoption, regardless of whether the business permits it, upon permission from the employee’s work.[3]

For the text of the statute, click here.

State Employers with 21 or more Employees – Pregnancy-Related Medical Leave

An employer shall grant an employee whose health is affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition the same employment benefits and privileges granted to other employees with similar ability to work, including allowing the employee to take disability or sick leave or other accrued leave that the employer makes available to temporarily disabled employees.

The employee is guaranteed a job-protected, unpaid 18 work weeks of family leave during a 12-month period for pregnancy and childbirth or adoption, but the right to take leave expires one year after the birth or placement of the child.[4]

For the text of the statute, click here (pg. 14).

For the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, click here.

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

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[1] Alaska Stat. § 18.80.220

[2] Alaska Stat. § 39.20.520

[3] Alaska Stat. § 39.20.225

[4] Alaska Stat. § 39.20.500