The New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“NYC PWFA”), which takes effect January 30, 2014, requires New York City employers with four or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would cause an undue hardship. According to the New York City Council Committee on Civil Rights, this legislation was enacted in response to demographic trends that highlighted a critical need for increased protections for pregnant women in New York City.

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