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Monday, August 4, 2014

Supreme Court to rule on pregnant workers' rights

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari in eight cases Tuesday. In Young v. United Parcel Service [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will consider whether, and in what circumstances, an employer that provides work accommodations to non-pregnant employees with work limitations must provide work accommodations to pregnant employees who are "similar in their ability or inability to work." The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) [text] provides that "women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions shall be treated the same for all employment related purposes ... as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work." Peggy Young was a driver for United Parcel Service (UPS) [corporate website]. When she became pregnant, UPS refused to put her on light duty. Young sued, but the district court granted summary judgment for UPS, and the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed that decision [opinion].
In Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will answer the following questions:
1. Whether the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (WSLA) [18 USC § 3287]—a criminal code provision that tolls the statute of limitations for "any offense" involving fraud against the government "[w]hen the United States is at war," ... and which this Court has...
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