Hyattsville, MD asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Maryland

Q: Can I be denied a chair at work at 37 weeks pregnant although I've provided a doctor's note stating I'm pregnant?

I was told by management that I need to provide another doctors note stating that I require the use of a chair. I work full time in retail at DSW and I'm always on my feet. Not to mention I don't always get my breaks.

1 Lawyer Answer

Jonathan C. Puth

Answered
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Washington, DC
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: You should follow your employer's direction to provide a medical basis for your request for a chair. Accommodations for pregnancy may be covered by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, but your employer does have a right to seek medical support for your accommodations request. If you obtain a doctor's note indicating that because of your pregnancy you need to sit then your employer should be obligated to accommodate you. If they don't even after you provide the doctor's note, then you should contact a lawyer.

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