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The Pregnancy Discrimination Act at 40: Current Interpretations, Trends & Predictions

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Produced on March 08, 2018

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Civil Rights

Course Description

In 2018, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) turns 40 - and in that time PDA claims have remained among the most common sex discrimination charges filed with the EEOC.

In this course, taught by Gillian Thomas, Senior Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, and Mariann Meier Wang, Partner at Cuti Hecker Wang LLP, participants will review basic PDA jurisprudence and common fact patterns that give rise to litigation. In particular, the program will cover the very current and still-evolving laws relating to “accommodations” of pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the history of the PDA and its two clauses
  2. Identify and prove disparate treatment under the PDA
  3. Discuss the Supreme Court’s decision in Young v. United Parcel Service (2015) and current interpretations
  4. Examine the rights of employees who are nursing
  5. Interplay among the PDA, the ADA, the FMLA, and state/local statutes

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Gillian Thomas

American Civil Liberties Union

ACLU Women’s Rights Project Senior Staff Attorney Gillian Thomas specializes in sex discrimination in employment and has litigated such cases for nearly 15 years, including at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and at Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund). Her book, Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women’s Lives at Work, was published in early 2016 by St. Martin’s Press. Ms. Thomas also speaks and writes frequently about employment discrimination. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and Slate.

Mariann Meier Wang

Cuti Hecker Wang LLP

Mariann Wang is an experienced trial lawyer and partner in the law firm of Cuti Hecker Wang LLP. Her practice focuses on civil rights litigation, including sexual and racial assaults and harassment, retaliation, childhood sexual abuse, employment and housing discrimination, labor law violations, police misconduct, First Amendment, prisoners' rights, and sexual orientation discrimination, and on general commercial litigation, including contract and tort disputes. She has served as both individual and class counsel for systemic allegations seeking both monetary damages and injunctive relief. Prior to founding Cuti Hecker Wang, Ms. Wang worked at the ACLU, a large New York City commercial firm, an international human rights law group in London, and was a partner at a small civil rights boutique. 


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Excellent speakers!

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Jana S.

Excellent presentation.

Amanda J.

Really great CLE!

Wendy V.

The presenter was especially knowledgeable and informative.

Mary Payton E.

Good program

Pauletta C.

Excellent presentation. The faculty presenting was engaging and very pleasing to watch thus engendering engagement.

Aimee A.

A comprehensive lecture and extremely informative. Thank you!

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