Supreme Court rules pregnancy discrimination case can proceed

03/25/2015 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Oregon – The US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a worker seeking to pursue a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against UPS. The suit had been blocked by a lower court. As reported by AFP, the High Court ruled 6 to 3 in the case involving plaintiff Peggy Young who claimed the delivery company refused her requests for accommodations for her health while she was pregnant.

Young claims she was discriminated against in 2006 after she was ordered by doctors to avoid carrying parcels that weighed more than 20 pounds. The company reportedly refused to give her light duty accommodations, saying the positions were reserved for disabled or injured employees.

The issue is stated to have forced Young to take unpaid leave and lose access to her health insurance.

Labor law expert Michael Droke is quoted by AFP as stating of the issue, “Employers must be very careful when granting leave requests or making job accommodations, because the company might later be required to justify any difference in treatment for other employees.”

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