PA-Sen: Casey Leads Coalition in Pregnancy Discrimination Case

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Sen. Casey speaks in front of supporters of Peggy Young (Photo by Irin Carmon/MSNBC)

As Peggy Young v. UPS rages on before the Supreme Court, U.S. Senator Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA) led a rally Wednesday to an end workplace discrimination of pregnant employees.

UPS is under fire for refusing to provide former driver Peggy Young light duty work throughout her pregnancy in 2006. As only nine states currently require an accommodation for pregnant workers, Justice Elena Kagan commented that the current UPS policy “accommodates some workers but puts all pregnant workers on one side of the line.”

Casey and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led over 120 members of Congress to back the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, legislation which would significantly upgrade the current employee protections under the 36-year old Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

Advocating for Pennsylvania’s pregnant workers, Casey said “Too many women still face discrimination in the workplace during pregnancy as some employers continue to refuse to provide reasonable accommodations. No woman should be forced out of a job because she is pregnant. Every employer should work to provide accommodations that will allow women to keep working safely through their pregnancies.”

The rally in support of Young was a follow up on the amicus curiae brief filed in September to the Supreme Court by the coalition in support of Young.

December 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Senate, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “PA-Sen: Casey Leads Coalition in Pregnancy Discrimination Case”

  1. 13thDistrictDem says:

    It’s important to note the facts. Her doctor told her she should not lift more than 20 pounds, while her job required her to lift up to 70. UPS allows disabled workers ‘light’ duty reflecting that, and Young wanted to have the same (albeit temporarily). UPS refused.

    UPS has *since* changed their policy do to pretty much what Young asked for.

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