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The Supreme Court Weighs in on The Pregnancy Discrimination Act – Providing Guidance to Employers and Protections for Pregnant Workers

March 2015

The Supreme Court has recently issued an important opinion, Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., clarifying the protections afforded by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”).

The PDA mandates that employers treat women “affected by pregnancy…the same for all employment-related purposes…as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work.” 42 U.S.C. § 2000e(k). The issue in Young was whether an employer’s policy which did not accommodate pregnant employees yet accommodated many, but not all, workers with nonpregnancy-related disabilities ran afoul of the PDA.

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