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January 1986


INTRODUCTION: A California employer who does not want to comply with California's mandatory unpaid pregnancy leave statute has reached the United States Supreme Court. The employer seeks to have the statute invalidated, claiming it is preempted by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The employer is arguing that the California pregnancy leave act is fatally underinclusive because it does not provide similar employment protection for workers with short-term disabilities. The district court agreed with the employer; the court of appeals did not.