Pregnancy and Work

Pregnancy and Work


Women have the right to work while pregnant and to be treated the same as other staff, unless there are good medical reasons for different treatment.

Reducing a pregnant staff member's hours, terminating their employment or treating them unfairly at work, could be pregnancy discrimination.

Discrimination against pregnant staff may include:

  • dismissal or demotion
  • denying or limiting access to promotion, transfer, bonus pay, training or any other benefits
  • unreasonable workplace policies, practices or procedures.

Where there are medical reasons that restrict certain duties, employers are required to make reasonable accommodation.

Employers are also liable for the behaviour of staff (see vicarious liability). If a worker discriminates against a pregnant worker, both the worker and the employer may be held responsible.