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Major delivery service agrees to $2.25 million payment

The United Parcel Service, or UPS, has agreed to pay $2.25 million to various employees who may have suffered pregnancy discrimination. Additionally, UPS will also review its pregnancy discrimination policies to make sure that they are in compliance with the law and will also offer additional training to human resources professionals and supervisors.

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, started an investigation after a driver, who was pregnant, complained that under UPS's policy at the time, she could not get a re-assignment from her driving position to a lighter duty position.

The company's policy at the time allowed for injured workers and those with other medical conditions to work on lighter duty, but did not extend the same privilege to pregnant employees.

The end result was that many pregnant employees had to choose to take a short term disability benefit rather than continue working, as they were unable to get a re-assignment. Accepting short term disability meant the employees had to take what amounted to a lower wage during their pregnancy. The $2.25 million settlement will be used to reimburse these employees.

Although the company changed its policy to allow light duty for pregnant workers back in 2015, the change only applied to members of a union. In addition to the payout, the recent settlement requires UPS to formally extend their new police to all employees and also to clarify other important matters.

While this settlement came on the heels of a government investigation, it still goes to show that even large corporations which operate in California can have policies that simply do not comply with federal and state laws that protect pregnant employees.

Pregnant employees have a right to workplace policies which do not discriminate against them because of their condition. Those who feel they have been victims of this form of discrimination should consider speaking with an experienced attorney.

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