In 2006, Peggy Young asked her employer, the United Parcel Service (UPS), for a light duty assignment after her doctor recommended that she not lift more than 20 pounds while pregnant. UPS denied her request, even though it gave light duty assignments to other employees who were temporarily unable to perform their jobs.
The NAE joined with 23 other pro-life organizations, including the Anglicans for Life, Bethany Christian Services, Christian Legal Society, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and Heartbeat International, in an amici brief in Young v. United Parcel Service arguing that UPS violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), which requires employers to treat pregnant women the same as other temporarily disabled workers. The Supreme Court is set for argument on Dec. 3, 2014.
This case is particularly important for single mothers and mothers in or on the brink of poverty. Young was forced to take unpaid leave and lost her medical coverage for the period during which she gave birth until she was able to continue working at UPS two months later. This would be financially crippling for many.