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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 6

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A6 Palm Beach Post, Wednesday, December 8, 1976 ACCELERATED REAL ESTATE COURSES GE Wins Discrimination Suit FREC I AilD II FLA'S OLDEST AND MOST SUCCESSFUL CLASSES THOMAS J. BERMINGHAM 848-661 1 said GE was guilty of sex discrimination. The high court's ruling also conflicts with an EEOC guideline labeling such benefit plans as discriminatory. The plan had been challenged by 43 women who work at GE plants in Richmond, Portsmouth, and Salem, Va.; Tyler, Texas; Fort Wayne and Tell City, Ind., and Philadelphia. They sued for themselves and 100,-000 other GE women workers. GE said pregnancy was not included in its plan because of prohibitive costs. GE also argued that half the women who leave their jobs after becoming pregnant never return. The company-financed GE pro gram gives a worker 60 per cent of earnings up to $150 a week for a maximum of 26 weeks. 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Also, shorties styled like chemise and tap pants: lace banded nylon tricot solids. Sleepwear, all jm stores WASHINGTON disability and do not have to pregnancy, the yesterday. The court that a General disability benefits pregnancy the 'Civil Rights protection safeguards of the Constitution. Th ruling means that a company voluntarily setting up a new disability plan for employes does not have to include a provision to continue the salary of a woman absent from work because of pregnancy. It also means that! current plans that have no maternity disability pay do not have to be changed. The decision brought immediate reaction from women's rights groups. Karen De Crow, president of the National Organization for Women, 1 called it "insulting to every mother in the country." "The court stated that men and women are treated equally under such a plan because, if a man is pregnant, he will be treated in the same manner as a woman. Such a definition of sex discrimination is indeed unique," she said. Linda Dorian, the attorney who wrote a brief on behalf of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in support of women workers, called the decision "the most significant reversal women's rights groups have had in the courts." And, David J. Fitzmaurice, president of the International Union of Electrical Workers, said he will seek legislation to make discrimination because of pregnancy illegal. A; GE spokesman at company headquarters in Fairfield, Conn., said "we're very pleased" with the decision. The decision, according to GE's arguments throughout the long legal battle, saved American industry $1.3 billion a year. "Gender-based discrimination does not result simply because an employer's disability benefits plan is less than all-inclusive," Justice William H. Rehnquist said in the court's majority opinion. Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and Justices Potter Stewart, Byron R. White, Lewis F. Powell Jr. and Harry A. Blackmun concurred. Justices William J. Brennan Jr., Thur-good Marshall and John Paul Stevens dissented. Brennan took the court's majority to ask for ignoring what he said was a long history of GE discrimination against women workers. He called the company's "discriminatory attitude" a motive in its policy. Brennan, the leader of the court's liberal minority, noted that GE originally offered no benefit plan to female workers because in the words of one history of the company, "women did not recognize the responsibilities of life, for they probably were hoping to get married soon and leave the company." Stevens said GE's exclusion of pregnancy from a wide-ranging plan that includes disability benefits for those recovering from hair transplants or attempted suicide has to be interpreted as sexually discriminatory. "It is the capacity to become pregnant which primarily differentiates the female from the male," he said. 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