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Deborah Brake Co-authors U.S. Supreme Court Amici Curiae Brief

Publish Date/Time: 
May 13, 2013

 

On May 10, 2013, Professor Deborah Brake filed an amici curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court (co-authored with Joanna Grossman of Hofstra law school) in support of the Petition for Certiorari in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., on behalf of Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund), the Women’s Law Project, the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, and a group of legal scholars with expertise in gender discrimination.  The brief argues that the Supreme Court should step in to correct a growing body of decisions, including in the case below from the Fourth Circuit, permitting employers to extend accommodations to certain, favored conditions affecting work while denying them for pregnancy.   Such decisions have eroded the protections afforded by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and have the greatest negative impact on the workers most in need of the Act’s protections: women in lower wage jobs, inflexible workplaces, and occupations with physically strenuous job requirements.

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