Supreme Court Opens The Floodgates To Pregnancy Discrimination Cases

This week, in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., the United States Supreme Court found that, under Title VII, employers must provide pregnant employees with the same accommodations that they provide to employees in similar positions who are “similar in their ability or inability to work.”  In those terms, it’s an unremarkable decision — treat pregnant employees the same way you treat others.  But dig just a little deeper into the opinion and you can see that a clear majority of the court — from both ideological ends — has made the task of defending claims under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) much more difficult. Continue reading

Could the Supreme Court Open The Floodgates For Age Discrimination Suits By Public Sector Employees?

In 2007, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg infamously told participants at a startup conference that younger is better.  “I want to stress the importance of being young and technical,” he stated. “Young people are just smarter.  Why are most chess masters under 30? I don’t know.”  It seems that many in the technology industry took Zuckerberg’s words to heart.  According to a New York Times article published earlier this year based on a report by PayScale, only six out of thirty-two leading technology companies have workers whose median age is at 35 or higher.

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