AT&T Corporation v. Hulteen

Supreme Court of the United States

556 U.S. 701 (2009)

May 18, 2009

The calculation of employee pension benefits does not include consideration of Maternity leave if such leave was taken before the passage of the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

Relevant Facts

Four employees sued their employer, AT&T, alleging that the company’s policy of calculating their employee pension and retirement benefits discriminated against women who took maternity leave under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. AT&T’s policy considered temporary disability leave as service time for purposes of calculating retirement benefits, except if the leave was taken by pregnant women. The employees argued that the policy violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. However, the maternity leave at issue was taken before the PDA came into effect, and the calculation of benefits took place afterwards.

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November 30, 2020

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Citations

556 U.S. 701 (2009)