Georgia--Laws Relating to Pregnancy

Georgia--Laws Relating to Pregnancy

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Prohibitions against Pregnancy Discrimination

Georgia does not provide additional protections to the federal law.

Pregnancy Accommodation

Georgia does not provide additional protections to the federal law.

Pregnancy-related Disability Accommodation

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

Breastfeeding Rights

Any employer with one or more employees shall provide a reasonable amount of unpaid break time or allow her to use existing paid break time to accommodate an employee desiring to express breast milk for the employee's infant child. An employer is not required to provide break time if it would unduly disrupt the operations.

The employer must make reasonable efforts to provide a room, other than a toilet stall, close to the work area, for an employee to express breast milk in private.[1]

For the text of the statute, click here.

Family and Childcare Leave Laws

Female Employees of Public Schools – Pregnancy Disability Leave

A pregnant employee shall be entitled to a leave of absence between the commencement of pregnancy and the anticipated date of delivery. The employee shall provide notice at least 60 days prior to t her leave. The employee may continue in active employment as late into her pregnancy as she desires provided she is able to perform properly her required job functions. An employee wishing to work to the date of physical disability shall be entitled to use all accumulated sick leave credited to her. An employee wishing to discontinue work prior to the date of physical disability shall be governed by the same sick leave provisions as apply to employees on leave for other reasons.

An employee who has been granted leave for the period of physical disability only shall be entitled to return to active employment and shall be assigned to a substantially equivalent position. An employee who has been granted a longer leave shall be entitled to return to active employment upon written request for reassignment and contingent on a vacancy for which she is qualified. In any instance, the employee's return to active employment may be delayed until the beginning of a quarter, or semester, in order to maintain continuity of classroom instruction.[2]

For the text of the statute, click here.

Group Policy and Contracts – Pregnancy Complications Coverage and Benefits

Group health policies, which provide major medical coverage and include maternity benefits, shall include complications of pregnancy for all persons, including family members and dependents.[3]

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.

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

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[1] Ga. Code § 34-1-6

[2] Ga. Code § 20-2-852

[3] Ga. Code § 33-24-4

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