ADA, Pregnancy and Religious Accommodation

Tuesday 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Session Description

Federal and state laws require us to make accommodations for employees with disabilities, for employees who are pregnant, and for employees’ religious beliefs and practices. Yet, many remain confused on exactly what the law requires. In this presentation by Senior Employment Counsel, Sonal Shah, you’ll learn the essentials of the law, including who it applies to, what you can ask of your employees, what you’re required to do in terms of accommodation, and what you can say to the employee in question and others in the workplace. Through real life case examples, you’ll discover how to properly handle accommodation requests to ensure legal compliance and avoid potential liability.


Sonal Shah JD

Sonal Shah, JD, is senior employment counsel for the Management Association. Sonal has represented employers, from the smallest organizations to Fortune 500 companies, in front of the EEOC, IDHR and in state and federal court. Sonal also has significant experience counseling employers on properly complying with the law and managing their workforce; preparing employment and severance agreements; drafting/revising disciplinary and termination notices; and crafting employment policies and handbooks. In addition, she provides employment law compliance training for managers, supervisors and HR professionals.

Sonal has a B.S.B.A from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.