Justices to hear pregnancy discrimination case
The Supreme Court is taking up a pregnancy discrimination case with the potential to affect many American women who continue to work throughout their pregnancies.
The case before the justices yesterday involves a former driver for United Parcel Service (UPS) who wanted a temporary assignment to avoid lifting heavy packages after she became pregnant in 2006.
UPS refused to accommodate driver Peggy Young, who did not return to work until two months after she delivered her baby.
The court is weighing whether the company's actions violated the 36-year-old federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
Young says she should have been offered light-duty work because some UPS workers were.
The Atlanta-based package delivery company says it will voluntarily offer pregnant women light duty starting in January. But the company contends it complied with the law in Young's case.
The question at the Supreme Court is whether UPS was required to accommodate Young, 42, because it gave temporary assignments to some workers, including those who were injured on the job or had a condition that was covered by the Americans With Disabilities Act.
More than 120 Democrats are backing legislation that would change federal law to make explicit the requirement to accommodate pregnant women.