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Employers allowing leave for disabilities are required to allow leave for pregnancy related disabilities as well.  Employers may not force pregnant employees to take leave before child birth or decide a pre determined start date for their maternity leave.  For example, a pregnant employee may not be forced to begin her maternity leave by the end of the seventh or eighth month of her pregnancy.  Pregnant women must be given an opportunity to work as long as they are willing and able to work.  If an employee takes a short break from work on account of her pregnancy related condition she may not be forced to extend the leave period till the baby’s birth.   Employers are also prohibited from forcing employees to stay back from work for a pre-set period after child birth.

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