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Supreme Court Considers Pregnancy Discrimination Case

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December 16, 2008

On December 10, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case addressing whether an employer violated Title VII by calculating pension benefits for female employees without crediting them for time spent on pregnancy leave prior to 1979, when the Pregnancy Discrimination Act took effect.   AT&T Corp. v. Hulteen.  AT&T is appealing the en banc decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that AT&T violated Title VII by denying service credit to women absent for pregnancy-related disabilities, while allowing service credit for other employees on disability leave.  A decision is expected in 2009. 

The Ninth Circuit’s August 17, 2007 ruling is available here.

A transcript of the oral argument before the Supreme Court is available from the Court’s website here.

 

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