Monday, March 30, 2015

That is SO last week

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Young v. UPS. In Young, a pregnant UPS employee was forced to take unpaid leave when UPS refused to accommodate her pregnancy-related lifting restriction. The company’s policies allowed some, but not all, non-pregnant employees with similar lifting restrictions to be transferred to light duty assignments. Justice Breyer wrote for the majority in this split decision, which sided with the employee and called for application of the familiar McDonnell-Douglas analysis to claims alleging that an employer accommodated some workers but not pregnant workers.  Many commentators agreed with Justice Scalia’s strongly-worded dissent, in which he stated his belief that the majority had used the “Supreme Wand” to construct a “deliciously incoherent” analytical framework for pregnancy accommodation cases.
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Posted by: Kate Bischoff