Southern Baptist Convention’s ERLC Sides With Woman Claiming Discrimination for Being Pregnant

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The Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission joined other groups in siding with a former UPS delivery driver forced to go on unpaid leave when she became pregnant in a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 3.

Peggy Young, a former UPS worker in Landover, Md., presented a note from her doctor in 2006 saying she shouldn’t lift more than 20 pounds during her pregnancy. While UPS reassigns workers injured on the job to lighter duty, the company told Young they didn’t offer light duty to pregnant workers and she couldn’t continue as a driver.

Young sued UPS under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, a 1978 amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits employment discrimination “because of or on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.”

Last year the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court ruling finding that her request was not a legitimate PDA claim but rather a request for preferential treatment.

In a friend-of-the-court brief dated Sept. 11, 2014, the ERLC and others claim one intent of the PDA is to reduce pressure on women in the workplace to have an abortion.

“Pregnant women should not have to decide between loving their babies, caring for their health and making a living,” ERLC President Russell Moore said in a news release.

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SOURCE: Baptist News Global
Bob Allen