JUST IN: Federal Judge Halts Rule Mandating Employers to Accommodate Employee Abortions – EVOL

A federal judge in Louisiana has blocked the implementation of a regulation in two states that mandated employers to accommodate employees seeking elective abortions.

The judge supported plaintiffs’ claims that abortions do not qualify as “medical conditions” which employers are obligated to support.

Judge David Joseph of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issued a ruling on June 17, granting a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The judge determined that the EEOC had overstepped its authority in enforcing the rule.

The EEOC “exceeded its statutory authority” in issuing the rule and “unlawfully expropriated the authority of Congress and encroached upon the sovereignty of the States Plaintiffs,” wrote Judge Joseph.

The temporary pause, effective in Louisiana and Mississippi until a final decision is made, prevents the EEOC from starting any investigations into allegations that an employer did not accommodate an elective abortion that isn’t medically necessary for pregnancy-related conditions.

The injunction also prevents the EEOC from taking any action that would allow employees to pursue legal action against their employers for not accommodating elective abortions.

The EEOC did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the

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