The Law: No Pay for Pregnancy

Six federal courts of appeals had already addressed the question, and all agreed: employers who excluded pregnancy from disability insurance programs violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and were guilty of sex discrimination. Last week the Supreme Court rejected that conclusion, voting 6 to 3 that companies do not discriminate merely because they decline to compensate employees unable to work because of pregnancy. On behalf of the majority, Justice William Rehnquist pointed out that such plans are "nothing more than an insurance package, which covers some risks, but excludes...

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