She Was Fired For Being Pregnant!
For many mothers out there, the fact that the United States fails to guarantee paid maternity leave can be an immense obstacle. However to top it all off, the courts can’t even uphold the right of pregnant employees to continue working at their jobs.
When Peggy Young became pregnant in 2006, she asked UPS (who employed her as a delivery truck driver) if she could be xcused from lifting parcels over 20 pounds. It was rare the times when Young had to lift more than 20 pounds, but because of her doctors orders, she wanted to stay on the safe side. Never did she imagine that UPS would shut her down out of the clear blue! UPS found her to be unfit to continue working for them because in her “Job description”, she was required to be able to lift up to 70 pounds. In the end, Young was forced to take seven months of unpaid leave while also losing her insurance in the process.
This launched Peggy and her family into financial stress, and she later sued UPS under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. UPS quickly defended and argued that they violated no law because the act requires that pregnant women be treated the same as other employees. This meant that the company should not be expected to provide special support for pregnancy concerns.
The question still stands- Should pregnant mothers choose between their work and their baby?