Nebraska--Laws Relating to Pregnancy

Nebraska--Laws Relating to Pregnancy


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Prohibitions against Pregnancy Discrimination

It is an unlawful employment practice to discriminate based on sex. “Because of sex” includes because of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

*Applies to employers with 15 or more employees for at least 20 weeks of the year

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

Pregnancy Accommodation

Nebraska does not provide additional protections to the federal law.

Pregnancy-related Disability Accommodation

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

Breastfeeding Rights

A mother may breastfeed her child in any public or private location where the mother is otherwise authorized to be. It is unclear whether this authorization extends to a woman’s place of employment.

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

Family and Childcare Leave Laws

Women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions must be treated the same for all employment-related purposes, including receipt of employee benefits, as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work.

*Applies to employers with 15 or more employees for at least 20 weeks of the year

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

Public sector workers may be eligible for a Modified Duty program.

For information, click here.[4]

Public sector employees may be able to use sick time to care for an immediate family member. For information, 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] Neb. Rev. Stat. § 48-1102

[2] Neb. Rev. Stat. § 20-170

[3] Neb. Rev. Stat. § 48-1111;

[4] See Human Resources Policy and Procedures Manual (Nebraska Administrative Services, created January 2002), (last visited 27 June, 2013)

[5] See id.

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