The Supreme Court on Wednesday revived a pregnant woman’s lawsuit against
The 6-3 decision is a partial victory for Peggy Young, who in 2006 was a part-time driver for UPS when her doctor told her she should not lift more than 20 pounds during her pregnancy. UPS required drivers to lift up to 70 pounds.
The court, in an opinion by Justice
But it also rejected UPS' contention that its policy was in accordance with a 1978 federal law protecting pregnant workers, sending that matter back to a lower court to address that question.
The case may have limited effect. UPS has since changed its policy to give allowances to pregnant workers, and a number of states, including California, Illinois and Maryland, have adopted laws protecting the job status of pregnant workers.