Mat leave doesn't count for pension eligibility: U.S. Supreme Court

Ruling affects women who took leave before 1979 anti-discrimination law
||Last Updated: 06/24/2009

Women in the United States who took pregnancy leaves before 1979 will not be able to use that time when calculating pension eligibility, according to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) came into effect in 1979 and requires companies to treat pregnancy leave as it would any disability and credit that time toward retirement.

The question before the Supreme Court was whether women, who gave birth before the law came into force, should have full pension credit for their leave.