When a woman is with child, it should be an exciting time in her life. Working should not become a matter of contention or stress for a woman when she is employed during her pregnancy. Unfortunately, many Texas women are not provided the accommodations that they need and either lose their jobs or feel that they are forced to resign.
A former UPS driver is claiming that she was forced to resign from her job because she was not given necessary accommodations while pregnant. According to her complaint, after she became pregnant, she provided a doctor's note that said that she was not able to lift objects that weighed more than 20 pounds. For her position, the company required that drivers have the ability to lift up to 70 pounds. Even though the majority of what she handled were overnight letters, she claims the company still required her to be able to fully perform her job.
The company claims that the only times drivers were given light-duty work was when they were unable to drive their vehicles, were hurt on the job or suffered from a condition that was covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Since the woman's case was filed, UPS has changed its policy for pregnant women, which will take effect in January. From that point on, women will be eligible for light-duty work when pregnant.
Women in Texas who find themselves in similar situations during their pregnancies may wish to discuss their issues with their employers to try to find resolutions. If an agreeable solution is not reached, a woman may choose to pursue legal action. Women who win their pregnancy discrimination cases may be awarded lost wages and monetary damages, as well as possibly be returned to their former positions, if applicable.
Source: kiiitv.com, "Justices weigh bias claim of pregnant UPS driver", Mark Sherman, Dec. 3, 2014