In an amicus letter filed this week, Legal Momentum joins other women's rights organizations--the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, Equal Rights Advocates, and National Women’s Law Center to argue that the Court of Appeal’s ruling in Veronese v. Lucasfilm Ltd. misinterprets established law to the detriment of women working during pregnancy.
The letter to the California Supreme Court emphasizes that, regardless of an employer’s claim that refusing to hire a pregnant worker is in the best interest of the pregnancy, it is up to the woman - not the employer - to decide when a pregnancy makes her unable to work. “Too many obstacles already exist in terms of women being discriminated against on the job during pregnancy,” said Michelle Caiola, Senior Counsel at Legal Momentum. “The Court of Appeal’s ruling is perilous because it creates an arbitrary reason to remove a pregnant worker from duties or force her onto leave, simply because she is pregnant.”
The full press release can be read on this link.