Postal Service’s Policy on Pregnant Workers Under Fire From U.S. Government, Rights Group

Is the U.S. Postal Service’s policy on accommodating pregnant workers in compliance with federal law?

The question comes up in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Young v. UPS that denying an accommodation to a pregnant worker could be a violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

In a brief filed in the case, the U.S. Justice Department said the federal government no longer supports the Postal Service policy allowing pregnant employees to be treated differently from “employees with similar limitations caused by on-the-job injuries.

Now a coalition of civil rights groups–the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the National Partnership for Women & Families–is on the Postal Service’s case about this alleged policy. “The Postal Service continues to maintain a legally indefensible position allows for discriminatory treatment of its own employees,”  the groups said in a letter to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan.

The Postal Service denies having an illegal policy. A spokeswoman said that USPS “fully compliesth existing law related to the accommodation of employees with workplace limitations, including pregnancy-related limitations,” adding that “employees with pregnancy-related limitations may also, if eligible, apply for light-duty assignments under the terms of applicable collective-bargaining agreements and postal policies.”

To be continued…..

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