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Supreme Court rules on maternity leave, pregnancy discrimination

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in Employment Law,HR Management,Human Resources,Leaders & Managers,Management Training,Maternity Leave Laws

The Supreme Court on May 18 ruled that women whose retirement benefits are worth less because they weren’t credited for time spent on maternity leave before enactment of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act can’t sue to recover lost funds.

The 7-2 decision in AT&T Corp. v. Hulteen generally followed the reasoning the High Court used in its landmark Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber ruling: If a policy was legal at the time alleged discrimination occurred, employees can’t challenge it retroactively.

Retiring Justice David Souter wrote the majority opinion.

Some observers had worried that the AT&T case could reopen wounds closed by Ledbetter and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that was signed into law in its wake.

According to employment law attorney Michael Fox, of the Ogletree Deakins law firm, “What was always a long shot for a quick look at the newest employment legislation did not pan out, as the Supreme Cou...(register to read more)

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