The Arkansas Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of gender, including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions (AR Code Sec. 16-123-101 et seq.). The law applies to all employers with nine or more employees.
The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled that an employer's refusal to grant additional sick leave to a pregnant employee and its subsequent termination of her employment did not constitute sex discrimination (Greenlee v. J.B. Hunt Transp. Servs., 2009 Ark. 506 (2009)). The court noted that sex discrimination under state law includes discrimination based on pregnancy, but concluded that the employer's reason for firing the employee was not discriminatory. The employer claimed the employee had not been employed long enough to be eligible for sick leave. It terminated her employment after her doctor prescribed 2 months of bed rest due to complications from her pregnancy. The evidence showed the employee had already exhausted 30 days of personal leave granted by the employer and that she was treated the same as similarly situated employees.