Texas--Laws Relating to Pregnancy


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Prohibitions against Pregnancy Discrimination

A woman affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition must be treated for all purposes related to employment, including receipt of a benefit under a fringe benefit program, in the same manner as another individual not affected but similar in the individual's ability or inability to work.

*Applies to employers of at least fifteen individuals for at least twenty weeks of the year

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

Pregnancy Accommodation

A municipality or a county is required to make a reasonable effort to accommodate an employee of the municipality or county who is determined by a physician to be partially physically restricted by a pregnancy.

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

Pregnancy-related Disability Accommodation

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

Breastfeeding Rights

A woman has a right to breastfeed in any location. This authorization does not extend to her place of employment. Businesses with policies supporting worksite breastfeeding may use the designation of “mother-friendly.”

For the text of the statute and for more information, click here.[3]

Family and Childcare Leave Laws

State workers are entitled to up to 12 weeks of leave to care for a new child, regardless of hours worked. Leave may not be job-protected.

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.

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.

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[1] Tex. Labor Code Ann. § 21.106

[2] Tex. Loc. Gov’t Code §180.004

[4] 236 Texas Gov’t Code Ann. § 661.913

[5] 237 Texas Gov’t Code Ann. § 661.202(d)-(e)