Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment in which the sperm is placed inside the woman's uterus for fertilization.
Undergoing IUI is a complicated process and can be stressful if you're worried about how your employer will respond or react when you request accommodations during the medical process.
Before the intrauterine insemination takes place, you need to monitor your egg growth, which requires you to take many days off for frequent trips to the doctor. In addition, because it is dependent on your egg growth, you may need to go to the doctor on short notice, with little advance notice to your employer.
This can create stress for the safety and stability of your job and career.
Fortunately, you don't need to worry about the status of your employment while you undergo the IUI process because you have rights and protections.
Pregnancy is protected as a medical condition. While many people know this, many are not aware that pregnancy protections begin at the fertility treatment process. Therefore, any accommodations you may require throughout the IUI process is protected under the law.
In fact, it is illegal for employers to fire, refuse to hire, harass, discharge, or otherwise discriminate against you for your pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition.
You are not required to tell your employer that you are going through the IUI process or trying to get pregnant. You simply need a doctor's note letting your employer know that you require medical accommodations.
The following accommodations are permitted to you by law:
If you are facing discrimination for undergoing IUI or your employer is failing to accommodate your medical needs, please contact us! We want to help. Your conversation will be protected by client/attorney privilege and any information you provide will be completely confidential.