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(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.
(Washington, D.C.) Today, on the heels of the Senate’s attempt to restrict access to abortion for survivors of human trafficking in legislation designed to help them, the U.S. House of Representatives has inserted an abortion restriction onto new funds given to community health centers in a bill that addresses Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (known as SGR). The bill would put into law a restriction harmful to women’s health by limiting women’s access to abortion.
We helped pass landmark health care reform legislation and end insurers’ practices of charging women higher premiums than men, excluding coverage for maternity care and treating domestic violence and Cesarean sections as pre-existing conditions.
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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Now, thanks to the Department of Labor, same-sex spouses will have the same leave rights under the FMLA as spouses in heterosexual marriages. This month, the Department of Labor issued a new rule that becomes final today, defining “spouse” under the FMLA as being determined by where the celebration of marriage occurred, rather than the employee’s current state of residence.
Last Friday, a federal judge issued a decision that protects women’s access to abortion, finding unconstitutional a Wisconsin law that would have shut down an abortion provider and seriously hindered access for thousands of women.
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