Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pregnancy Discrimination Act Symposium Nov. 7-8

The Yale Journal of Law and Feminism will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the 20th anniversary of the Journal with a symposium Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8, at Yale Law School.

“Respecting Expecting: The 30th Anniversary of the PDA” will feature women and men who have been involved in the decades-long campaign for sex equality in the workplace. Distinguished advocates and scholars from across the country will share their insights into the PDA and the future of workplace equality. The symposium is open to the public.

The event begins at 3:00 p.m. Friday with an introduction and welcome by William Eskridge ’78, John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School. A panel discussion on the statutory and historical context of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act will follow, and at 5:30 p.m., Judge Marsha Berzon of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will deliver the keynote address.

Panel discussions throughout the day Saturday will cover the following five topics: California Federal Savings & Loan v. Guerra: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Preemption; The Debate: Anti-Discrimination or Accommodation?; Litigating Claims Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act; Expanding Coverage: How Complementary Legislation Can Supplement the PDA; and The PDA's Limits: Where Do We Go From Here?

The conference is free for the Yale community; there is a $35 registration fee for those outside Yale.