Pregnancy and Parenting
Employees who are pregnant are protected from discrimination in employment by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Kentucky Pregnant Worker’s Act, and University policy. Pregnant employees are also eligible for accommodations if they experience pregnancy-related disabilities or pregnancy related limitations.
Employment policies related to leave
Employees should contact Employee Relations, 859-257-2493, to discuss pregnancy related leave options. HR Policy and Procedure #82: Temporary Disability Leave provides information regarding pregnancy, maternity, and paternity leave.
Employees who are eligible for Family and Medical Leave should complete their application prior to the birth of the child. Please contact the Family Medical Leave Administrators at 859-257-2493 with questions about this process.
Pregnant employees who are not eligible for Family Medical Leave or who do not have accrued leave, are still eligible for leave to recover from childbirth. Dependent on the type of birth, a pregnant employee is eligible for 6-8 weeks maternity leave. No paperwork is required to receive leave for recovery from childbirth when an employee is not eligible for Family Medical Leave. Pregnant employees who are eligible for Family Medical Leave are required to use Family Medical Leave.
The Kentucky Pregnant Worker’s Act required Kentucky employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees who are limited due to pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, unless it would pose an undue hardship on the employer to do so.
Employees who have pregnancy related limitations (ex. lifting restrictions), should contact Heather Roop, 859-257-8927, to discuss accommodations.The University will ensure that the employee is able to continue working while under the limitations.
Pregnancy in itself is not considered a disability, however, if an employee experiences a pregnancy related disability (ex. preeclampsia, gestational diabetes) they may be eligible to apply for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.If the pregnancy related disability causes the employee to not be able to perform the essential functions of their position or if the essential functions of the position place the pregnancy at risk, accommodations may be requested.
An employee with a pregnancy related disability should complete the ADA Accommodation Form to request an accommodation and ask their provider to complete the Medical Inquiry Form Both forms should be returned to Heather Roop for review.
Reasonable accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis with the goal being to provide an accommodation that allows the pregnant employee to continue working throughout their pregnancy.
Accommodation requests related to COVID-19
Pregnant employees who have concerns related to COVID-19 should address those concerns with their supervisor.
CDC guidelines state that pregnant people may be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant people.A department should put forth as much effort as possible to lessen the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for pregnant employees when requested.
A department or employee may contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity at 859-257-8927 with questions.
Please click here for a comprehensive list of resources available to employees who are pregnant or parenting.
Accommodation requests related to pregnancy
Employees can request an accommodation for a pregnancy related limitation or a pregnancy related disability by contacting Heather Roop.
Lactation on Campus
As an employee, you are entitled to breaks for lactation. Please review the Lactation Guidelines.
The University will ensure that you are able to continue participating in classes and extracurricular activities by providing you with reasonable adjustments to ensure you’re able to participate, excusing absences due to pregnancy and childbirth for as long as medically necessary, and allowing you to make up missed work.
Every student has different needs. Common requests are for excused absences, larger or different types of desks, alternative methods of attendance, altered assignment due dates, and lactation breaks. Please contact us to discuss what you need to be academically successful while pregnant or parenting.
If you have a disability related to pregnancy (for example hyperemesis gravidarum or preeclampsia), please contact the Disability Resource Center.
If you have concerns or restrictions related to pregnancy and COVID-19, please contact the Disability Resources Center to discuss appropriate accommodations.
There are resources available to you on campus and in the Lexington community. For a complete list, click here.
Accommodation requests related to pregnancy or parenting
Request a Pregnancy Related Accommodation here, or contact Meredith Reeves.
Lactation on Campus
Resources for Parenting Students
Request a Pregnancy-Related Accommodation
- If you have a pregnancy-related disability or limitation and would like to discuss appropriate accommodations, please contact Heather Roop.