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March 27, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) extends its sincere appreciation and thanks to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who today announced he would retire from the Senate next year, after a more than 30-year tenure.

 The following is a statement by NWLC Co-Presidents Nancy Duff Campbell and Marcia D. Greenberger:

“The National Women’s Law Center is grateful for Sen. Reid’s strong and dedicated leadership on issues important to women and families, and his work to advance equality, opportunity and fairness for all. We salute his leadership on major issues, including access to health care through his support of the Affordable Care Act, access to justice by securing the confirmation of a record number of women judges from diverse backgrounds, equal pay protection through the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and promoting measures to increase tax fairness, protect Social Security, and strengthen protections against sexual violence.

March 25, 2015

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, in a 6-3 decision in Young v UPS, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Fourth Circuit and remanded Peggy Young’s case for further proceedings.

The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is an important victory for Peggy Young and pregnant workers everywhere.

“The Court has put employers on notice: pregnancy is not a reason to discriminate. The Court said that if you accommodate most non-pregnant workers who need it but not most pregnant workers who need it, you may be found guilty of violating the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. 

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Gina Crosley-Corcoran

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.

In response to a complaint filed by the National Women’s Law Center, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights found that girls in the Deer Valley Unified School District (AZ), the Wake County (NC) Public Schools, Columbus (OH) City Schools, the Houston Independent School District and the Irvine Unified School District (CA) are underrepresented in athletics programs.

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First the good news: last Thursday night the Senate unanimously voted for providing pregnant workers with a right to workplace accommodations. Now the bad news: the measure is nonbinding and purely symbolic — unless the Senators who voted for it are held accountable for supporting the real thing.

Cross-posted from ACSLaw's blog

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court delivered an important victory for pregnant workers [PDF] when in a 6-3 ruling it revived Peggy Young’s pregnancy discrimination case against UPS and sent it back to the lower courts for further proceedings. In so ruling, the Supreme Court declined UPS’s invitation to read a key piece of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act completely out of the statute books. 

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