12) Before the administrative hearing date with FEHA, Cal Fed filed suit in the Federal District Court for the Central District of California seeking a declaration that California's Pregnancy Disability Leave Law had been preempted by the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
In 1984, the District Court characterized the California law as requiring "preferential treatment" for pregnant employees, and agreed with Cal Fed that the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law was preempted by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
19) Amicus briefs were filed in support of various points of view--Cal Fed's stance was supported by business and commerce associations, California women's groups supported the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law, and national women's groups supported Lillian Garland's right to leave, but not the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law itself.
First, California women activists pointed out that the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law was not inconsistent with Title VII and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act; in fact, they shared the same goals of ending discrimination against women in the workplace.
29) The Pregnancy Disability Leave Law, then, was just a form of recognition that facially neutral policies do not always provide equality.
32) Additionally, the authors went out of their way to show that the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law was not protective legislation.
Also in support of California's Pregnancy Disability Leave Law were the states of Connecticut, Hawaii, Montana, and Washington, all of which had similar leave laws on their books.
38) While they did not agree that California should provide leave solely for pregnant women, these groups stated that the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law did not conflict with Title VII and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
45) Not only did they refuse to sign on to the amicus brief, but the Southern California branch firmly stated that it agreed with upholding the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law in the same way other California organizations were expressing in their amicus briefs.
Supreme Court upheld California's Pregnancy Disability Leave Law.
112) In fact, years after California's Pregnancy Disability Leave Law was passed, its author, Howard Berman, recognized that "all workers face the prospect of needing to take time off due to disability or serious family responsibilities.
Despite those fears, AB 1960 was passed as California's Pregnancy Disability Leave Law in September of 1978.