Calling All Working Moms! Pregnancy and Motherhood Rights in the Workplace | CT Employment Law

Mar 24 2021

Josh Goodbaum: Hi, this is Josh Goodbaum!

Amanda DeMatteis: Hey! And Amanda DeMatteis! Josh, what are we going to talk about today?

Josh Goodbaum: Well, I thought, Amanda, because you are the new mom of a beautiful five-month-old baby, Elle – congratulations!

Amanda DeMatteis: Thank you.

Josh Goodbaum: I thought we would talk about pregnancy, and how it works in the workplace.

Amanda DeMatteis: I think that’s a great idea. First of all, shout out to all the working moms: it’s a tough job, and you’re doing great. We’re lucky to be in Connecticut because Connecticut has state laws that protect pregnant women more than a lot of other states in the nation. For instance, we can continue working while we’re pregnant for as long as we want to. We’re guaranteed to get our job back after a reasonable leave, and what’s also interesting about Connecticut state law is it extends longer than the pregnancy itself. So we have protections at work while we’re trying to conceive, while we’re actually pregnant, and even after we give birth and are breastfeeding in the workplace, so it’s really important to know your rights as you’re starting to family plan.

Josh Goodbaum: Yeah that’s true, and among those rights is the right to a reasonable accommodation that can help you to continue working either while you’re pregnant or while you have a newborn or are breastfeeding. So definitely know your rights, you can find out more information on our website Hopefully, you found this helpful, if you’re a person who’s pregnant, or planning to get pregnant, or you just love somebody who is. So thanks so much for joining us, take care!

Amanda DeMatteis: See you next time!

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