Wyoming Maternity and Pregnancy laws & HR compliance analysis

Wyoming Maternity and Pregnancy: What you need to know

The Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of sex and pregnancy (WY Stat. Sec. 27-9-105).
Discrimination based on sex generally includes pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions. This means that 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 all private employers with two or more employees, as well as all public employers, labor organizations, and employment agencies.
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Some states have laws that require employers to grant male and female employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child, but Wyoming does not have such a law for private employers.
However, Wyoming employers with 50 or more employees are covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
State law allows a woman to breastfeed in any place where the woman is legally entitled to be (WY Stat. Sec. 6-4-201).
In addition, the state Legislature has passed a joint resolution that encourages breastfeeding and recognizes the importance of breastfeeding to maternal and child health. The resolution commends public and private employers that provide accommodations for breastfeeding mothers (WY H.J.R. 531 (2003) ).
The state law 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.
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