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Supreme Court to hear pregnancy discrimination case

Michigan residents might be interested to learn about a workplace discrimination lawsuit that is getting a lot of attention. When a Maryland UPS employee became pregnant in 2006, she was forced to quit her job because her employer refused to offer her light duty work. The working mom's employment discrimination case is soon to be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Before the UPS employee was placed on unpaid leave, she was asked to provide her employer with a doctor's note explaining any work restrictions she would have because of her pregnancy. The doctor's note stated that the woman should be careful not to lift anything weighing over 20 pounds. Although the woman asked UPS for light duty work, her employer told her that she did not qualify for that accommodation because her pregnancy was an 'off-the-job" condition.

Although UPS has maintained that the decision it made at the time was lawful, the shipping company has since changed their policy in regards to pregnant employees. Pregnant workers at UPS will now be offered light duty work beginning in January. In December, the Supreme Court will listen to the first arguments in this case, and the judges will have to make a decision about whether UPS violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

The outcome of this case is likely to affect court decisions in other workplace discrimination cases involving pregnant employees. A worker who has been placed on unpaid leave due to pregnancy may want to consult an attorney about her own case and how the impending Supreme Court decision may affect her ability to pursue compensation.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Meet The Working Mother Taking Her Pregnancy Discrimination Case To The Supreme Court", Dave Jamieson , October 31, 2014

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