Working while pregnant in a warehouse

I am 6 months and I’m currently
working on an operating floor. I
also feel like while working in
the summer and the warehouse being
10 to 15 degrees hotter will make
me pass out. Also they have me
working at a table that constantly
presses up against my stomach
which causes me to have stomach
pain at times.. I mentioned this
to my supervisor and he pretty
much brushed it off. And with all
of the forklifts and scissor lifts
that drive around all day also
concerns me that I can be Injured.
I just want to know what my next
step should be.

Asked on June 29, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If you can't safely do the job, or decide to not do the job due to your concerns, your employer could terminate you: the right to a "reasonable accommodation" means the right to some not-too-expensive or -disruptive change in rules/procedure, or the provision of some not-too-expensive furniture or device, that lets you do the *same* job. Examples in the case of pregnancy include allowing more *short* snack breaks, if the woman needs to eat more; giving someone who ordinarily stands a stool, so she can get off her feet; more bathroom breaks; etc. But if you can't do the job--that is, if the job is simply not safe for you--the employer doesn't need to move you to a different job or create a different job for you; the employer has the right to have you do your job. So if you can't do this job, you could legally lose it. That might be the right choice, balancing safety/health vs. money--but you need to weigh those choices yourself.


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