Being pregnant on the job isn't easy. And a coalition of lawmakers say a federal court has made it much harder.
More than 100 members of Congress filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court on Thursday in support of Peggy Young, a former United Parcel Service driver who says the shipping company discriminated against her because she was pregnant.
The friend-of-the-court brief charges that a lower court misinterpreted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, a 1978 law created to protect women from being forced out of work due to medical issues arising from pregnancy.
"Decades after passage of the PDA, mothers continue to face stereotypes in the workplace," reads the brief, signed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., among others.
In Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service, Young alleges that UPS forced her to go on unpaid leave rather than allow her to work a light-duty job where she wouldn't have to lift boxes weighing more than 20 pounds. She lost her benefits, including her health insurance.
Richmond's Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with UPS, ruling that the company's policy of accommodating workers with on-the-job injuries or who had lost their driver's licenses was pregnancy-blind—meaning Young didn't qualify.