She asked probing questions of each side in the reverse-discrimination suit. But the circuit court's 135-word summary order rubbed some the wrong way.
AT&T's decision to exclude pregnancy leave taken before the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act from pensions today is not illegal discrimination, the court said.
A case the justices heard Tuesday offers them an opportunity to decide the standard for proving illegal discrimination.
The justices rule that civil rights law protects a woman who was fired after answering questions in a harassment probe.
A Tennessee woman lost her job after she cooperated in a company investigation.
In two rulings Tuesday, the justices took an expansive view of civil rights law.