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Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Wetzel

United States Supreme Court
424 U.S. 737 (1976)


Facts

Wetzel (plaintiff) brought suit against Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. (Liberty) (defendant) in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, alleging that Liberty’s insurance benefits and maternity leave regulations violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Wetzel requested injunctive relief ordering Liberty to cease its discriminatory practices and establish non-discriminatory practices and damages including back pay and exemplary damages. The district court found for Wetzel but granted none of the requested relief. Liberty appealed to the court of appeals, which affirmed the district court’s judgment, and then petitioned the United States Supreme Court for certiorari.

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