UPDATE: EEOC Releases Final Rules for Accommodating Pregnancy or Related Conditions

This week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued its final rules and accompanying interpretive guidance for implementation of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”). The PWFA, a new federal law that became effective in June 2023, requires most employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations to a qualified employee’s or applicant’s known limitations related to, affected by, or arising out of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation will cause the employer an undue hardship. While the PWFA builds upon existing protections against pregnancy discrimination under Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act, it fills in identified gaps in the legal protections for employees.