The Iowa Civil Rights Act also requires employers to grant unpaid leave to employees who are temporarily disabled because of pregnancy or related medical conditions, even if similar leaves are not granted for other temporary disabilities, and even if the leave is not available to the employee under any health, temporary disability, or sick leave plan.
Employees are entitled to leave for the period of temporary disability or for 8 weeks, whichever is less.
The Act applies to all employers, regardless of size.
Employees must provide timely notice that they plan to take a leave of absence. Before granting leave, an employer may require that the employee's disability be verified by medical certification.