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Pregnant Workers Fairness Act takes effect June 27

From: Office for Equity and Accessibility

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), a new federal law requiring covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to any employee or applicant for employment who has a known limitation due to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, takes effect June 27, 2023.

As a public sector employer, Virginia Tech complies with the PWFA. University employees and applicants for employment should be aware of their rights under this law.

The PWFA does not replace existing laws that protect workers affected by pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, nor does it alter employer obligations or employee rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Pregnancy-related conditions covered by the PWFA include the normal physical changes of pregnancy and childbirth, and complications of pregnancy. Reasonable accommodations under the PWFA may include flexible working hours, appropriately sized uniforms and safety apparel, exemption from strenuous activities or other adjustments.

For additional guidance regarding the PWFA, please review the below information from the Office for Equity and Accessibility (OEA). Please direct questions regarding PWFA accommodations to OEA at or 540-231-2010.

Virginia Tech Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Guide (PDF)

Process for Providing PWFA Accommodations (PDF)

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