In December, we wrote about an important civil rights case before the U.S. Supreme Court. It concerned a woman who worked for United Parcel Service (UPS). When she became pregnant in 2006, she asked for accommodations based on the advice of her doctor. Her only request was to avoid lifting packages heavier than 20 pounds.
UPS denied the woman's accommodation request, even though the company regularly accommodated employees with similar requests who were not pregnant. After having her request denied, she was essentially forced into unpaid leave, which meant she lost wages and health insurance coverage at a crucial time. She later sued UPS for violations of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.