Tennessee--Laws Relating to Pregnancy

Tennessee--Laws Relating to Pregnancy


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Prohibitions against Pregnancy Discrimination

Tennessee does not provide additional protections to the federal law.

Pregnancy Accommodation

Tennessee does not provide additional protections to the federal law.

Pregnancy-related Disability Accommodation

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

Breastfeeding Rights

A woman may breastfeed her child anywhere she has a right to be.

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

Employers must provide daily unpaid break time for a mother to express breast milk for her infant child. Employers are also required to make a reasonable effort to provide a private location, other than a toilet stall, in close proximity to the workplace for this activity.

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

Family and Childcare Leave Laws

Any individual and group health insurance policy that provides coverage for pregnancy and/or maternity benefits may not be cancelled or terminated due to pregnancy of an enrollee in the plan. If, and only if, a person or the person's spouse is pregnant at the time the health insurance coverage is initially purchased, then at the time of the purchase, pregnancy and/or maternity benefits for the current pregnancy may be denied as a pre-existing condition.

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

An employee that has worked for the same employer for at least 12 months may have up to four months of leave following a birth or adoption. Leave may be with or without pay at the employer’s discretion. Employees are expected to give three months’ notice to employers in order to not forfeit the right to return to full employment after the four months.

*Applies to employers of at least eight individuals

For the text of the statute, click here.[4]

State workers who earn sick leave may use it to care for an immediate family member, including a spouse disabled by pregnancy.

For the text of the statute, 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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[3] Tenn. Code Ann. § 56-7-2351

[4] Tenn. Code Ann. § 4-21-408

[5]Tenn. Code. Ann. § 8-50-802

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