Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Blocked in Texas

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) requires employers with 15 or more employees to to provide reasonable accommodations to a qualified worker’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation will cause the employer an undue hardship. An undue hardship is defined as causing significant difficulty or expense.

A federal district court in Texas recently ruled that federal agencies are barred from enforcing the law against the state of Texas. As a result, employers in Texas are, for the time being, exempt from the PWFA’s requirements.