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Many companies refuse to provide expectant mothers with a place to sit, extra bathroom breaks or water bottles at workstations — even when there are doctors' orders.  Does that violate the rights of pregnant women in America's work places?  Today, the case of a pregnant UPS driver reached the US Supreme Court.

Also, why it's nearly impossible to count police killings, and a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures is a case of who dunnit.

Photo: Peggy Young (C) and her attorney Sharon Gustafson (R) talk to reporters as she departs the US Supreme Court on December 3, 2014 (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Why It's Nearly Impossible to Count Police Killings 6 MIN, 11 SEC

Less than two weeks after the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, a New York grand jury is poised to decide whether a white police officer should be charged in the death of a young black man who was put in a choke hold. Protests continue over police killings but how many are there?  An investigation by the Wall Street Journal has revealed it's almost impossible to tell.  Rob Barry worked on the story.

Rob Barry, Wall Street Journal (@rob_barry)

FBI's uniform crime report

Do Pregnant Women Suffer Workplace Discrimination? 34 MIN, 3 SEC

Women are nearly half America's work force, and three quarters will be pregnant at least once during their working lives. When UPS driver Peggy Young became pregnant, her doctor told her not to lift packages weighing more than 20 pounds.  But UPS refused to accommodate her.  She had to take unpaid leave, lost her medical coverage — and sued for damages.  Lower courts have disagreed about the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and today the US Supreme Court agreed to decide if pregnant workers are entitled to special accommodations — just like employees who are injured on the job. Many companies — small and large — call that an expensive burden that discourages the hiring of women.  Women's groups, evangelical Christians and the Obama Administration call it a violation of equal rights. We hear about today's arguments.

Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News (@GregStohr)
Phoebe Taubman, A Better Balance (@ABetterBalance)
Karen Harned, National Federation of Independent Business Legal Center (@NFIB)
Brigid Schulte, Washington Post (@BrigidSchulte)
Katherine Mangu-Ward, Reason magazine (@kmanguward)

Stohr on pregnant-worker rights dividing the Supreme Court in UPS clash
A Better Balance on fairness for pregnant workers
NFIB brief on Young v. UPS, original intent of Pregnancy Discrimination Act
Schulte's interview with Peggy Young


Brigid Schulte

Did North Korea Hack Sony Pictures as Payback over a Movie? 9 MIN, 8 SEC

A sophisticated cyber attack on Sony Pictures has wreaked havoc on the studio in Culver City, California.  Five major films were stolen, exorbitant executive salaries were revealed and the computer system was essentially wiped out.  Private consultants warned comedy star Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, director of the new film The Interview to change their bank account passwords... warning "we're not kidding." They warned that North Korea might retaliate for the satirical film about assassinating that country's leader Kim Jung Un. We hear two theories about what happened. 

Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter (@THRMattBelloni)
Shane Harris, Wall Street Journal / New America (@ShaneHarris)

The Daily Beast on Sony naming North Korea as source of hacking
The Hollywood Reporter on the Sony hack


Shane Harris

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