Prohibitions against Pregnancy Discrimination
It is an unlawful employment practice for an employer to discriminate based on sex. The terms “because of sex” or “on the basis of sex” include, but are not limited to, because of or on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions; and women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions must be treated the same for all employment-related purposes, including receipt of benefits under fringe benefit programs, as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work.
*Applies to employers of at least fifteen employees for at least twenty weeks of the year
South Carolina does not provide additional protections to the federal law.
Pregnancy-related Disability Accommodation
South Carolina does not specifically accommodate pregnancy or its attendant medical conditions as a disability.
A woman may breastfeed her child in any location where the mother is authorized to be. It is unclear whether this authorization extends to a woman’s place of employment.
Family and Childcare Leave Laws
State workers who earn sick leave may use up to 10 days to care for an ill immediate family member.
Workers who leave the job because of the illness or disability of an immediate family member may still be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.
For the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, click here.
For the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, click here.
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