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USA: Supreme Court examines pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against UPS


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Author: AFP

« La discrimination des femmes enceintes au travail devant la Cour suprême », 3 décembre 2014

La Cour suprême des États-Unis s'est penchée mercredi sur la discrimination pendant la grossesse…Peggy Young travaillait comme chauffeur-livreur pour l'entreprise postale américaine UPS quand elle a demandé en 2009 une adaptation de ses conditions de travail après être tombée enceinte…Ses médecins ont requis qu'elle ne soulève pas plus de neuf kilos, alors que ses fonctions exigeaient qu'elle puisse porter des colis de plus de 32 kilos. Son employeur United Postal Service a refusé de lui attribuer un poste avec des charges «légères», UPS arguant que ces postes étaient réservés à ses employés «blessés» ou handicapés, forçant la jeune femme à prendre un congé sans solde de sept mois…[D]ans cette affaire susceptible d'avoir des répercussions pour toutes les femmes actives, il était difficile de prédire quel serait le vote de la gent masculine de la haute Cour…La décision de la haute Cour est attendue avant juin…

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3 December 2014

Senators Casey, Shaheen urge Supreme Court to protect expecting mothers

Author: Office of Senator Robert P. Casey Jr (USA)

This morning, as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in…Young v. UPS, a pregnancy discrimination case, U.S. Senators Bob Casey…and Jeanne Shaheen… called on the Court to protect working pregnant women across the United States. The case could determine whether and when the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires an employer to make reasonable accommodations for a pregnant worker out of a medical need…Casey and Shaheen are authors of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), legislation which would strengthen the rights of pregnant workers to request accommodations during their pregnancy without fear of retribution. In September, Casey and Shaheen led 123 members of Congress in filing an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of…Young…Some states have passed laws like the [PWFA] to ensure that pregnant workers have on-the-job protections, but millions of women are vulnerable to this type of workplace discrimination.

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3 December 2014

[Audio interview] SCOTUS pregnancy protection

Author: KCRW (USA)

[Interview with Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor and Legal Correspondent for Slate.com, discussing the U.S. Supreme Court case between Peggy Young, a UPS driver who was put on 7 months unpaid leave following a doctor’s recommendation not to lift more than 20 pounds, and UPS. Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, employers should provide the same accommodations for pregnant employees as for non-pregnant employees who are ‘similar in their ability or inability to work’. Young argued that the relevant comparator was workers who had been injured at work and were then put on light lifting duties until they recovered. UPS argued that the light lifting workers were not like workers to Young as she had not been injured on the job. The justices could not agree on what the appropriate comparator class was in this case.]


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2 December 2014

Supreme Court to weigh in on protections for pregnant workers

Author: Tierney Sneed, USNews

...Peggy Young, a United Parcel Service employee...was put on unpaid leave when she became pregnant in 2006. The Supreme Court hears her case -- a challenge to the UPS policy -- [today]...The case...revolves around the Pregnancy Discrimination Act...which require[s] that employers treat pregnant women the same way that they treat non-pregnant employees with similar abilities or disabilities...[A] Supreme Court ruling in support of Young could have significant implications [and] would...give employers -- and the court system -- more guidance as to their responsibilities...[A decision in the case is expected to be issued in 2015]

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