Can Women Get Time Off During Pregnancy?

Four Swedish women who were pregnant and advised by their doctors about the need to take time off from work due to the possibility of complications won a landmark discrimination case against Sweden’s National Social Insurance Agency. A Stockholm court ruled the women were entitled to payments of $6.950 to cover legal fees incurred by the Equality Ombudsman which represented the women. The four women had been told by their doctors to abstain from work due to a variety of pregnancy-related conditions, including back pain, inguinal hernias, fatigue, etc… The social insurance agency denied their requests on grounds such complications were normal for women who were pregnant.

It would be interesting if men had to experience pregnancy symptoms. I suspect many would not be able to carry out their full work load and would seek some relief in order to have more rest.