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Supreme Court Delivers Fairness to Pregnant Workers in UPS Case

Supreme Court Delivers Fairness to Pregnant Workers in UPS Case

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 8:28pm
The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an important ruling for pregnant workers in the case of Peggy Young, a UPS delivery driver who was forced on to unpaid leave after she became pregnant and was advised by her doctor not to lift more than 20 pounds. The lower courts in Young's case ruled, as many other lower courts have, that it was perfectly fine for employers to push pregnant workers off the job and deny them light-duty accommodations, even when the employer gives light-duty to many other groups of workers. In Peggy's case, her employer provided accommodations to workers who needed them because they were injured on the job, as well as to workers who were covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and workers who lost their commercial driving licenses. The Supreme Court overturned that decision today's in a 6-3 decision. The court ruled that employers cannot impose a "significant burden" on pregnant workers and that a pregnant worker can show that her employer's practices are unjustified if the employer makes accommodations for a large percentage of non-pregnant workers, while denying the same kinds of accommodations to pregnant workers. This ruling is a gain for women across the country. It furthers the purpose of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which was passed more than 35 years ago with the goal of putting women on an equal footing and ensuring that they can't be fired or forced onto leave when they become pregnant.
Pregnant Employees Have the Same Right to Light-Duty as Other Workers

Pregnant Employees Have the Same Right to Light-Duty as Other Workers

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 10:09am

Peggy Young worked for UPS delivering letters and packages. When she became pregnant, her doctor recommended that she avoid lifting more than 20 pounds. She requested a light-duty position so she would not have to lift heavy packages.

Sounds…

Justice for Jessica: Holding the U.S. Accountable for Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors

Justice for Jessica: Holding the U.S. Accountable for Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 8:11am

It has been 15 years since the tragic deaths of Jessica Lenahan's three daughters.

On June 22, 1999, Jessica's estranged husband, Simon Gonzales, kidnapped Rebecca, Katheryn, and Leslie from their front yard, in violation of a domestic violence…

The Fight to Let Pregnant Women Work Reaches the Supreme Court

The Fight to Let Pregnant Women Work Reaches the Supreme Court

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 11:44am

Peggy Young worked for UPS delivering letters and packages. When she became pregnant, she requested but was denied less strenuous work. She was then forced off her job.

We first told you about Peggy's story back in 2012, when the ACLU announced…

Celebrate Women's Equality Day – Support Equal Pay Today!

Celebrate Women's Equality Day – Support Equal Pay Today!

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 1:08pm

On this Women's Equality Day - the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote - I'm struck by all the ways in which women have yet to attain equality. Also, because this August 26 comes two days before the 50th Anniversary of…

A Victory for Free Speech from the Supreme Court

A Victory for Free Speech from the Supreme Court

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project & Tara Norris, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 11:56am

Yesterday, in an important First Amendment decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the government may not require federal grant recipients to endorse the government's policy positions. The decision in Agency for International Development v. Alliance…

Happy 50th Birthday, Equal Pay Act!

Happy 50th Birthday, Equal Pay Act!

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 3:44pm

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. On June 10, 1963, Congress enacted the first law to require employers to pay women the same salaries that they pay men. When the law was enacted, I was not quite one month old.

My mother fought…

Mother's Day is Over - But Pregnancy Discrimination Isn't.

Mother's Day is Over - But Pregnancy Discrimination Isn't.

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office & Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 12:03pm

Women make up almost half the workforce today, and, if they become pregnant, most will work throughout their pregnancy. Given this reality, you probably think the stories below are works of a bygone era. Well, you’d be wrong.

A woman was…
How Far Has The Women's Movement Moved In The Last 40 Years?

How Far Has The Women's Movement Moved In The Last 40 Years?

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 3:40pm

Forty years ago, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) board of directors determined that women's rights should be...

Are Genes Patentable? An Insider's Review of the ACLU's Supreme Court Argument on Gene Patenting

Are Genes Patentable? An Insider's Review of the ACLU's Supreme Court Argument on Gene Patenting

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 2:01pm

In honor of DNA Day, celebrated on April 25, the ACLU gives you an insider's take on our Supreme Court Argument on gene patenting.

Are human genes patentable? That is the question at issue in AMP v. Myriad Genetics, which the ACLU argued before…

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