CRS – The Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Supreme Court: A Legal Analysis of Young v. United Parcel Service. Jody Feder, Legislative Attorney. September 25, 2015.
“In 2015, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Young v. United Parcel Service. In the case, a United Parcel Service (UPS) worker named Peggy Young challenged her employer’s refusal to grant her a light-duty work assignment while she was pregnant, claiming that UPS’s actions violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). In a highly anticipated ruling, the Justices fashioned a new test for determining when an employer’s refusal to provide accommodations for a pregnant worker constitutes a violation of the PDA , and the Court sent the case back to the lower court for reconsideration in light of these new standards. This report begins with a discussion of the facts in the Young case, followed by an overview of the PDA. The report then provides an analysis of the Young case, its implications, and a potential legislative response.”