Pregnancy Discrimination

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.
UPS Does the Right Thing by Its Pregnant Employees

UPS Does the Right Thing by Its Pregnant Employees

By Amy Meek, Fellow, ACLU Reproductive Rights Project at 4:47pm

"Go home – you're useless to us right now."

These are harsh words no one wants to hear from their employer. But this was exactly what a UPS employee heard from her supervisor last fall when she informed him that she was pregnant and requested,…

VICTORY! Federal Jury Holds Catholic School Accountable for Sex Discrimination

VICTORY! Federal Jury Holds Catholic School Accountable for Sex Discrimination

By Brian Hauss, Legal Fellow, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 3:28pm

Emily Herx never imagined that she could lose her job for trying to get pregnant. But after working for more than seven years as a literature and language arts teacher at a Catholic school in Indiana, she was shocked to learn that her teaching contract…

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…

UPS Finally Admits the Obvious – Letting Pregnant Workers Work is Good for Business

UPS Finally Admits the Obvious – Letting Pregnant Workers Work is Good for Business

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:36pm

We recently reported that the fight to let pregnant workers come to work has finally reached the Supreme Court.

On December 3, the court will hear the case of Peggy Young, a United Parcel Service (UPS) package driver who was forced off the…

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…

Illinois Commits to True Sex Equality in the Workplace

Illinois Commits to True Sex Equality in the Workplace

By Hedy Gutfreund at 12:18pm

Pregnancy shouldn't be a firing offense, but time and time again, when pregnant women ask their employers for reasonable accommodations, they are shown the door.

Guadalupe, a pregnant fast food worker in Illinois, was denied necessary bathroom…

What to Expect When Your Employee's Expecting

What to Expect When Your Employee's Expecting

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 10:22am

Asia Myers was counting on the paycheck she earned at her job at a nursing home to buy supplies for the baby girl she was expecting.

She was shocked, however, when her employer, the Hope Healthcare Center, forced her to go out on unpaid leave…

The American Public Gets It. President Obama Gets It. Why Doesn't Congress?

The American Public Gets It. President Obama Gets It. Why Doesn't Congress?

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 10:46am

Like millions of Americans, President Obama doesn't think it makes a lot of sense to fire an employee or force her to take unpaid leave because she's six months pregnant and needs a stool to sit on while working the cash register.

This is a…

A mother and child sign the 'Largest Mother's Day Card Ever to Hit Capitol Hill'

Momma Needs to Keep Her Job, Not a Doggone Card

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 2:44pm

Instead of giving your mom flowers, jewelry, or a sappy but heartfelt card on Mother's Day this year, how about the gift that keeps on giving: a little butt-kickin' activism?

Before the big day actually arrives, pick up the phone, call the…

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