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(Washington, D.C.) Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its September jobs report. The following is a quote from Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security, National Women’s Law Center:
(Washington, D.C.) Today, United Parcel Service (UPS) and Peggy Young reached a resolution of all claims in Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service, which was argued in the Supreme Court in December, 2014. The case raised for the first time the issue of whether the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires an employer to give light duty to a worker if she needs it because of pregnancy when the employer provides light duty to workers with similar limitations in their ability to work stemming from disability or on-the-job injury. In a 6-3 decision in March, 2015, the Supreme Court remanded Peggy Young’s case, allowing her to press her claim in further proceedings.
LaShonda Davis says, “NWLC took my case all the way to the Supreme Court and won. As a result, other students who are harassed will get the help that I didn’t, and schools will do more to protect students.”
When I found myself pregnant in August of 2010 it only took a quick calculation to realize the baby was due right smack in the middle of my Spring semester of my junior year of college. Everything was fine until the fourth week of class. I was 40 weeks pregnant, feeling like labor was imminent, and I had a midterm exam that night. After I finished the exam, I went home so that I wouldn’t go into labor in the middle of class. Later, I realized I had received only 5 out of 25 points for “Attendance & Participation” for that day. I emailed the professor asking if she planned to dock me the full 25 points for each class I missed for the birth, and she said ‘yes.’ I had two options: either risk failing the course while giving birth, or withdraw. I withdrew.
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This Monday was the first day of the new Supreme Court term and I was lucky enough to attend the first day’s oral arguments. As the series of blogs we posted last week explain, the Court has a number of cases before it this term whose outcomes will have a huge impact on the lives of many Americans for generations to come.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing to interrogate one witness: Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood. Fortunately, a bill to fund the government that did not defund Planned Parenthood was finally passed by both houses last week, but the harmful, fact-less campaign against Planned Parenthood continues.
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