Arizona Maternity and Pregnancy laws & HR compliance analysis

Arizona Maternity and Pregnancy: What you need to know

The Arizona Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sex (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 41–1463et seq.).
Discrimination based on sex generally includes maternity and pregnancy.
The Act covers employers with 15 or more employees.
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State employees. Under state Personnel Administration Rules, state employees are granted sick leave for pregnancy-related conditions or to care for a spouse, child, or parent with a serious illness (AZ Admin. Code Sec. R2-5A-B603).
State law provides that a mother is entitled to breastfeed in any area of a public place or a place of public accommodation where the mother is otherwise lawfully present (AZ Code Sec. 41-1443).
The statute doesn't specifically mention employers; however, it can be construed to include places of employment, given the expansive nature of the law’s language. In order to accommodate breastfeeding, employers may wish to set aside a quiet, private area and/or establish protocol or policies for employees who wish to breastfeed.
For a concise, multistate comparison of state maternity and pregnancy laws, see the State Law Chart Builder.
For discussion of applicable federal laws and additional state analysis, please see the related topic pages for:
Last reviewed on August 15, 2017.

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