DISCRIMINATION AND CONTRACEPTION.
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has
upheld charges of sex discrimination that two women filed against their
employers for not covering the cost of prescription contraception drugs.
The employers violated federal antidiscrimination law by selectively
excluding health coverage for contraceptives, while at the same time
providing coverage for other preventive medicines such as vaccines and
blood pressure drugs, the commission said in a statement. The commission
will now help to resolve the dispute between the women and their
employers. According to the commission's Web site, if conciliation is not successful, the commission may bring suit in federal court.