Supreme Court Brings Pregnancy Discrimination Case Against UPS Back to Life

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Peggy Young, a Virginia woman who lost her UPS job because she became pregnant, left, accompanied Marcia Greenberger, founder and Co-President of the National Women's Law Center, center, and Young's attorney, Sharon Fast Gustafson, right, speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. The Supreme Court is weighing how much employers must do to accommodate pregnant workers under a federal law aimed at combating discrimination against them. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Photo: Susan Walsh/AP

The Supreme Court sent a case back to the lower courts on Wednesday, giving Peggy Young, who says that UPS discriminated against her while she was pregnant, another chance to argue her side. The 6–3 majority said that a lower court, which sided with UPS, used the wrong standard to reach its decision. Since the case was filed, UPS changed their policy so that pregnant women receive better accommodations. Justices Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas dissented, seeing no “animus or hostility to pregnant women” — although they conceded that “the difficulties pregnant women face in the workplace are and do remain an issue of national importance.”