The Sexes: The Women Lose

Is pregnancy one more medical disability for which employees should be compensated? No, said the Supreme Court last week by a vote of 6 to 3. At issue was a California law that provides payments for private employees who are temporarily disabled but excepts those with disabilities attributable to normal pregnancy. Speaking for the majority, Justice Potter Stewart found no evidence that California's treatment of pregnant women violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. Concerned with the costs of increasing disability coverage, he wrote: "Nothing requires the state to create a more comprehensive social insurance program than it already...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!