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Fact Sheet | Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.

November 18, 2014

This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the federal law protecting pregnant workers from discrimination means what it says. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires employers to treat pregnant workers the same as they treat those who are “similar in ability or inability to work.” At issue in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. is whether an employer who accommodates the medical needs of employees with non-pregnancy related disabilities and injuries (as is often required by virtue of the Americans with Disabilities Act, for example) must extend the same type of accommodations to pregnant workers with similar medical needs. If the Supreme Court rules against Peggy Young, it will lead to many pregnant workers being forced to choose between their jobs and the health of their pregnancies. This fact sheet describes the case and what is at stake in the Supreme Court’s decision.

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Fact Sheet | Supreme Court Preview: 2014-2015 Term

October 6, 2014

This term, the Supreme Court will decide at least one case—and possibly multiple cases—with critical implications for both women’s health and women’s economic security.  The Court’s consideration of these cases comes in the immediate wake of the 2013-2014 term, when the Supreme Court’s decisions in McCullen v. Coakley, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and Harris v. Quinn —threatened real harm to both.  In addition, this term the Court will consider two other potentially important employment discrimination cases and a significant housing discrimination case, and may again take up the issue of marriage equality; the legal issues in all these cases are important for women.

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Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Brief on Behalf of 123 Members of Congress in Young v. UPS Pregnancy Discrimination Case

September 12, 2014

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires employers to treat pregnant workers the same as they treat those who are “similar in ability or inability to work.” At issue in  the Supreme Court case Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. is whether an employer who accommodates the medical needs of employees (as is often required by virtue of the Americans with Disabilities Act, for example) must extend the same type of accommodations to pregnant workers with medical needs.

Too many employers still deny pregnant women basic accommodations that would allow them to continue working and the courts have ignored the clear language and intent of the PDA in allowing this to continue. As a result, pregnant women are forced to choose between their jobs and their health. This amicus brief, filed on behalf of 123 Members of Congress, analyzes the plain language of the PDA and sets out Congress’s desire to ensure fair and equal treatment of pregnant workers through passage of the PDA.

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Fact Sheet | Supreme Court Preview: 2013-2014 Term

October 2, 2013
During the 2013-2014 Term, the Supreme Court will review several cases that concern legal rights of importance to women—including access to abortion, equal opportunity in education, protection against housing discrimination, and the ability to use the Equal Protection Clause to challenge discrimination in public employment. In addition, the Court will review an important case involving the President’s ability to fill vacancies on a body that protects workers. Finally, the Court may decide whether for-profit businesses can refuse to provide employee insurance coverage for contraceptives based on asserted religious objections. The decisions in these cases may have a significant impact on women’s rights in all of these important arenas.
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More Resources

Fact Sheet | Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.

November 18, 2014

Fact Sheet | Supreme Court Preview: 2014-2015 Term

October 06, 2014

Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Brief on Behalf of 123 Members of Congress in Young v. UPS Pregnancy Discrimination Case

September 12, 2014

Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Supreme Court Amicus Brief Supporting the Contraceptive Coverage Benefit

January 28, 2014

Fact Sheet | Justice Ginsburg's Twenty Years on the Supreme Court

October 07, 2013