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Posts from March 2015.
By Employment & Labor Practice Group on March 31, 2015 at 2:39 PM

Blaisdell_AL-BLOGAmy Blaisdell was interviewed by Fox2News regarding the Supreme Court's decision in Young v. UPS, which addressed an employer's obligation to accommodate women under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Additionally, effective 1/1/2015, Illinois has a new Pregnancy Fairness Law which places additional accommodation obligations on Illinois employers. Watch the interview.

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By T. Christopher Bailey, Amy Blaisdell, Lauren Daming on March 26, 2015 at 10:43 AM

5388576411_700edd78b2By a 6-3 majority, the Supreme Court created a potentially new standard by which employers’ accommodations given or denied to pregnant women will be judged under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”).

In Young v. UPS, the plaintiff, Peggy Young, was deemed unable to work her part-time driver position once her physician placed her on a 20-pound lifting restriction. Young was placed on an unpaid leave, and returned to work after the birth of her child; however, Young subsequently filed a lawsuit against UPS alleging the company violated the PDA in refusing to accommodate her pregnancy-related lifting restriction and not assigning her to a light duty position. 

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