Arizona--Laws Relating to Pregnancy


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Prohibitions against Pregnancy Discrimination

It is an unlawful employment practice to discriminate on the basis of sex.[1] Arizona case law is ambiguous in applying pregnancy discrimination to sex but has implied so favorably.[2]

For the text of the statute, click here.

For the text of the case, click here.

Pregnancy Accommodation

Arizona does not provide additional protections to the federal law.

Pregnancy-related Disability Accommodation

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

Breastfeeding Rights

Women may breastfeed in any public or private place where they are authorized to be. It is unclear whether this authorization extends to a woman’s place of employment.[3]

For the text of the statute, click here.

Family and Childcare Leave Laws

State Employers – Family and Medical Leave

An employee who uses the 12 unpaid weeks of family leave guaranteed by the federal law shall count both paid and unpaid periods toward the 12 weeks and are required to take the paid leave he or she has available at the time.[4]

For the text of the statute, click here.

For the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, click here.

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

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[1] Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 41-1463(B)

[2] See Lespron v. Tutor Time Learning Ctr., LLC, 2012 WL 135978 at *4 (D. Ariz. January 18, 2012) (“Title VII's definition of discrimination based on sex includes pregnancy. The ACRA includes similar prohibitions” [citations omitted])

[3] Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 41-1443

[4] Ariz. Admin. Code § R2-5-411.