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Washington University Law Review

2015

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Young V. United Parcel Service, Inc.: Mcdonnell Douglas To The Rescue?, William R. Corbett Jan 2015

Young V. United Parcel Service, Inc.: Mcdonnell Douglas To The Rescue?, William R. Corbett

Washington University Law Review

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 can be interpreted in two obvious ways: one interpretation requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees, and the other does not require such accommodations. In Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., the Supreme Court held that in some cases employees may be able to prove intentional pregnancy discrimination based on an employer’s failure to make accommodations for the pregnant employee when the employer makes accommodations for other disabled employees. Rather than reaching this result by interpreting the statute to require reasonable accommodations, however, the Court held that plaintiffs with “indirect evidence ...