Arizona Passes Pregnancy Discrimination Protections

On February 5, 2021, Governor Ducey signed HB 2045, amending the Arizona Civil Rights Act to include pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions in the definition of the basis of sex. With this change, Arizona joined the growing number of states, including Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, that specifically provide protection from discrimination for employees on the basis of pregnancy. The law will take effect ninety (90) days after the legislative session conclusion, which is typically in May.

Employers will want to look at handbook and operational policies and employment law posters to be sure they are compliant with the new legislation.

Please contact Employers Council with questions.