Arizona Passes Pregnancy Discrimination Protections

by Glenn Pelster, Esq.

Arizona,  Discrimination,  Hot Topics,  Legislation

On February 5, 2021, Governor Ducey signed HB 2045, amending the Arizona Civil Rights Act to include pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions in the definition of the basis of sex. With this change, Arizona joined the growing number of states, including Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, that specifically provide protection from discrimination for employees on the basis of pregnancy. The law will take effect ninety (90) days after the legislative session conclusion, which is typically in May.

Employers will want to look at handbook and operational policies and employment law posters to be sure they are compliant with the new legislation.

Please contact Employers Council with questions.

About the author
Glenn Pelster, Esq.

Glenn is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Nebraska, and his Arizona bar admission is pending. Glenn started his legal career interning with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, DC and joined Employers Council as an Employment Law Attorney in our Colorado Springs Office in 2013. For the past five years, Glenn has operated his own law firm in Ogallala, Nebraska serving clients in a variety of legal matters across western and central Nebraska, specializing in counseling and litigating employment law issues for both employers and employees. Glenn rejoined Employers Council in 2020 where he shares his experience in training HR professionals and managers on employment law issues as well as conducting wage and hour, independent contractor, and general HR audits. In his free time Glenn likes to go hiking with his dog, golf, or make any excuse to get out doors.