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With less than 15 employees, there are no state or federal laws which require a Texas employer to accommodate a pregnant employee or hold a pregnant employee's job. This means that laying off a pregnant employee after two weeks of paid leave would be legally permissible. There is no special way to go about laying off an employee in these circumstances. However, the prudent thing is to provide notice of the separation of employment in writing along with a written explanation that there is no reasonable way for you to accommodate any additional time off without causing your business to suffer hardship. It is always best to stay on positive terms with departing employees if at all possible, so as to avoid frivolous suits and bad publicity.
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