The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth recognizes the importance and benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and their infants, and in promoting a family-friendly work and study environment. Therefore, in accordance with applicable Massachusetts statutes, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth acknowledges that a woman may breastfeed her child in any place she has the right to be on campus. Further, the University provides a clean and private space in the Claire T. Carney Library, Room 427, for employees or students who are nursing to be used as a lactation room for up to one year after the child’s birth. To obtain access to the lactation room please contact the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Foster Administration Building, Room 324 or call 508-910-6405.
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“the Act”) amends the current statute prohibiting discrimination in employment, G.L. c. 151B, §4, enforced by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). The Act, which goes into effect on April 1, 2018, expressly prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, such as lactation or the need to express breast milk for a nursing child. It also describes employers’ obligations to employees that are pregnant or lactating and the protections these employees are entitled to receive. Generally, employers may not treat employees or job applicants less favorably than other employees based on pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions and have an obligation to accommodate pregnant workers. Attached please find MCAD Guidance & Questions and Answers related to the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
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