TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that employers cannot discriminate against pregnant women under the state's civil rights act.


In a 6-to-1 opinion handed down Thursday, the court overturned a lower court in the case of a woman who worked for a South Florida property developer.


She alleged that after she became pregnant, the company began extra scrutiny of her work and refused to schedule her after she returned from maternity leave.


The lower court had ruled that the Florida Civil Rights Act does not cover pregnant woman. The Supreme Court's opinion takes a broader view of the law, ruling that discrimination on the basis of pregnancy extends to the protection of an individual based on gender.

(Photo: SAM PANTHAKY / 2011 AFP)