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U.S. Supreme Court decision supports Pregnancy Discrimination Act

A lawyer for a woman who will now get a chance to bring her pregnancy discrimination case to court praised the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. A teacher at the University of Michigan Law School, he said that the Supreme Court had sent a clear message to employers that they should accommodate pregnant workers.

He represents the case of a woman who alleged that her employer, UPS, had failed to observe her rights under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. She said that her doctor advised her not to lift items over 20 pounds during pregnancy and that UPS would not give her light duty.

The Supreme Court sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which can now make a decision. The five Justices who favored the case based their decisions on the fact that UPS had accommodated many workers with physical issues who were not pregnant. According to court records, UPS insisted that its policy was neutral in regards to pregnancy.

As this case illustrates, some women continue to face persistent gender and pregnancy discrimination. Someone who believes that they is being discriminated against in the workplace might benefit from contacting an attorney. Proving discrimination can be difficult, and an attorney could advise someone about how to collect evidence to support a lawsuit. An attorney might also be able to negotiate with an employer and arrange for a settlement. Sometimes back pay is recovered, or the employer may reinstate the employee. If necessary, an attorney could take the case to court.

Source: CNN, "Supreme Court says woman can sue UPS in pregnancy suit," Ariane de Vogue, March 25, 2015

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