U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

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March 15, 2007

The Eighth Circuit agreed with NCLC and reversed the lower court's ruling.

U.S. Chamber files amicus brief in case involving sex discrimination and contraceptive coverage to class of female employees

May 15, 2006

NCLC urged the Eighth Circuit to reverse a lower court ruling holding that Union Pacific violated the sex discrimination provisions of Title VII and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) by failing to provide coverage for prescription contraceptives to a class of female employees under its benefit plans. NCLC argued that the trial court wrongfully expanded Title VII and the PDA beyond their scope - the statutes were not intended to apply to health plan benefit coverage. Further, the decision of whether or not to mandate employer provided health benefits lies with Congress, and not with the courts.

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