Arkansas--Laws Relating to Pregnancy


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Prohibitions against Pregnancy Discrimination

It is an unlawful employment practice to discriminate based on gender. Gender discrimination includes discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions.[1]

For the text of the statute, click here.

Pregnancy Accommodation

Arkansas does not provide additional protections to the federal law.

Pregnancy-related Disability Accommodation

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

Breastfeeding Rights

An employer must provide unpaid break time and a reasonable location that is not a bathroom stall for women to pump breast milk.[2]

For the text of the statute, click here.

Family and Childcare Leave Laws

State Employers – Maternity Leave

Maternity leave shall be treated as any other leave for sickness or disability. An employee may request to take sick leave or annual leave, after which leave without pay may be used. Maternity leave may be taken for up to six months.[3]

For the text of the statute, click here.

All Employers – Unemployment Benefits

Employees who lose their jobs due to providing care to immediate family members may be eligible for unemployment benefits.[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] Ark. Code § 16-123-101

[2] Ark. Code § 11-5-116

[3] Ark. Stat. §§ 21-4-209 & 210

[4] Ark. Code § 11-10-513