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Geduldig v. Aiello

Significance, Four Women, Different Pregnancies, Another Court Heard, Is Normal Pregnancy A Disability?


Dwight Geduldig, director of the California Department of Human Resources Development


Carolyn Aiello, Augustina Armendariz, Elizabeth Johnson, Jacqueline Jaramillo

Appellant's Claim

That the district court erred when it ruled that California was required to pay disability benefits to private employees temporarily disabled by their pregnancies.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Joanne Condas

Chief Lawyer for Appellees

Wendy W. Williams

Justices for the Court

William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, William H. Rehnquist, Potter Stewart (writing for the Court), Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

Harry A. Blackmun, William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

17 June 1974

Related Cases

  • Cleveland Board of Education v. LaFleur, 414 U.S. 632 (1974).
  • Cohen v. Chesterfield County School Board, 414 U.S. 632 (1974).
  • General Electric v. Gilbert, 429 U.S. 125 (1976).
  • Nashville Gas Co. v. Satty, 434 U.S. 136 (1977).


Hardy, Benjamin A. Jr., Jack B. Hood, and Harold S. Lewis, Jr. Workers' Compensation and Employee Protection Laws in a Nutshell. Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN: West Publishing, 1990.

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