Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider whether employers may be liable under Title VII for not giving female employees full credit for pregnancy leaves in calculating retirement benefits. AT&T Corp. v. Hulteen, U.S., No. 07-543.
The Ninth Circuit ruled last August that AT&T violated Title VII by calculating the female plaintiffs’ retirement benefits based on a system which denied them credit for pregnancy leaves taken before the 1978 by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, while giving credit for other types of leaves. Hard to say which way this one will go, but odds are it will be a 5-4 decision. Stay tuned.