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What Are Your Rights at Work Regarding Taking Time off For Pregnancies or Medical Issues?

Last month the Supreme Court heard a case, Young v. United Parcel Service, where the court ruled in favor of a pregnant delivery woman who’d requested accommodation for her workday. The court ended up agreeing, saying her pregnancy put her in a “protected class,” and that as long as other workers who were injured were […]

Last month the Supreme Court heard a case, Young v. United Parcel Service, where the court ruled in favor of a pregnant delivery woman who’d requested accommodation for her workday. The court ended up agreeing, saying her pregnancy put her in a "protected class," and that as long as other workers who were injured were accommodated, her needs should be accommodated too.

So, what does it mean, to be in a "protected class?” What rights do mothers-to-be, fathers-to-be and other groups who fall into the category of minority groups have on the job? At what point can employers no longer afford to offer benefits or concessions due to operational obligations? And what do you do if you feel you might have a case?

We talk with Alexis C. Knapp with Littler Mendelson, and David C. Holmes, a labor and employment lawyer.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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