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Attorneys React To High Court Pregnancy Bias Ruling

March 25, 2015 – In The News

Christina A. Stoneburner was quoted in the Law360 article, “Attorneys React To High Court Pregnancy Bias Ruling.” Full text can be found in the March 25, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is noted below.

The U.S. Supreme court recently dropped the Young v. United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) case, which involved a discrepancy over the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The case was vacated since the Supreme Court felt that neither side’s argument regarding the act was convincing enough.

“The good news for employers is that the court rejected the EEOC’s 2014 pregnancy guidance regarding accommodations as binding,” said Christina A. Stoneburner. “The court also rejected the idea that where an employer provided accommodations to even one disabled worker, that employer would be required to grant similar accommodations to pregnant workers. Instead, the newly articulated standard would allow a plaintiff to prevail if she can show that the employer accommodated a large percentage of non-pregnant workers while failing to accommodate pregnant workers who were similarly unable to work. However, this decision will still require employers to reexamine light duty policies.”