On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a closely watched case involving the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
The employer, UPS, insists it did not discriminate against the plaintiff, a part-time driver. UPS’s policy was to make accommodations and provide light-duty work only to employees injured on the job; pregnant workers were classified with employees who have been injured off the job and received no such accommodations.
The company requested that the plaintiff get a note specifying any work restrictions from her doctor, who advised that she not lift more than 20 pounds as her pregnancy advanced. Because plaintiff’s job called for her to be ready to lift 70 pounds, UPS officials say they had no choice but to ask her to take an unpaid leave.
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