What types of leave are pregnant workers in California entitled to take?

There are several different laws that allow pregnant workers to take leave. Under the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDL), eligible pregnant women can take up to four months of disability leave from work any time they are temporarily unable to perform their job duties.

Employers with five or more workers are required to grant PDL to eligible employees who request the leave. Any time off taken before pregnancy or after childbirth counts toward the four months.

Pregnant workers may also be able to take leave under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The CFRA and FMLA provide pregnant women and new mothers an additional 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave.

Based on the circumstances, a pregnant worker can take a maximum of almost seven months of leave. While PDL counts toward time used for FMLA, it does not count as time used under the CFRA.

If your employer is not allowing you to take the pregnancy leave you are entitled to under the law, contact Erlich Law Firm. An Oakland pregnancy discrimination lawyer can help you hold your employer accountable. We can also help you understand your rights as a pregnant worker in California.

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