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Longview Fibre Co. illegally discriminated against a woman when it refused to hire her as a clerk and order checker because she was pregnant, the Washington state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in Olympia.

The paper company offered to hire Stacy Hegwine in February 2001 pending a physical examination, then rescinded the job offer when it learned she was pregnant, even though the pregnancy would not have interfered with her ability to do the work, Justice James M. Johnson wrote in the 9-0 opinion.

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