Pregnant Women Can Seek Workplace Accommodations

The United States Supreme Court handed down a victory for employees today.

This article below is from USA Today, March 25, 2015.

Written By: Richard Wolf

WASHINGTON — Pregnant workers can claim the same accommodations that employers grant to large numbers of similarly restricted workers, a divided Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

While indicating that getting pregnant isn’t automatically a ticket to light duty at work, the court ruled 6-3 that United Parcel Service could not deny a pregnant worker accommodations it made available to large numbers of others.

The 6-3 ruling, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, was not a complete victory for former UPS driver Peggy Young or pregnant workers like her. But it tossed out an appeals court decision that backed UPS and sent the case back for further review, with Young’s side bolstered.

Plaintiffs such as Young can win their employment discrimination lawsuits, Breyer said, if they can show “that the employer’s reasons are simply not strong enough to justify that burden, but rather give rise to an inference of intentional discrimination.”