by John R. Merinar, Jr., and Carolyn A. Wade
A new West Virginia law taking effect June 4 means employers in the Mountain State must make reasonable accommodations to a job applicant’s or employee’s known limitations involving pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.
The Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act amends the West Virginia Human Rights Act. Under the law, the applicant or employee must provide written documentation from a healthcare provider that specifies her limitations and suggests accommodations to address them. The employer must provide the accommodations unless they would result in an undue hardship on the operation of the business.