The Kentucky Civil Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of gender, which includes pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 344.040).
As a general rule, employers must treat pregnancy-related conditions the same as they treat other types of temporary disabilities for all employment-related purposes, including leave and other benefits.
The Act covers employers with eight or more employees (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 344.030).
Additionally, effective April 9, 2019, Kentucky’s Pregnant Workers Act expands the state Civil Rights Act to require employers with 15 or more employees to also provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions.
Failure to make reasonable accommodations will be an unlawful employment practice under the Civil Rights Act. More information on accommodation requirements is provided below.