HB 1796 prohibits an employer from failing or refusing to make reasonable accommodation for an employee for pregnancy. The bill outlines that it is unfair practice for an employer to: (a) Fail or refuse to make reasonable accommodation for an employee for pregnancy, unless the employer can demonstrate that doing so would impose an undue hardship on the employer's program, enterprise, or business; (b) Take adverse action against an employee who requests or uses an accommodation that affects the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment; (c) Deny employment opportunities to an otherwise qualified employee if such denial is based on the employer's need to make reasonable accommodation; (d) Require an employee to take leave if another reasonable accommodation can be provided for the employee's pregnancy; or (e) Require an employee requesting reasonable accommodation for pregnancy to accept an accommodation that the employee chooses not to accept. The bill additionally requires the attorney general to investigate complaints and enforce this act.
Passed out of the House. Passed out of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Sports on Mar 9 and on motion, referred to Senate Ways & Means Committee.