"New York City Employers Must Provide a Reasonable Accommodation for Pregnancy, Childbirth and Related Medical Conditions of its Employees"

Pursuant to a recent amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law ("NYCHRL"), effective January 30, 2014, most employers in New York City must provide reasonable accommodations to employees who are pregnant, have given birth, or have a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth, if such accommodation is necessary to permit them to perform the essential requisites of the job. 

This Stroock Special Bulletin provides a brief summary of the amendment, under which an employer with four or more employees who knew or should have known of an employee's need for such accommodation must make it available, unless the accommodation would cause an undue hardship in the conduct of the employer's business.  It is the employer's burden to plead and prove any such undue hardship if the accommodation is denied.