Although women's rights in Maryland's workplaces have advanced significantly in recent decades, there is still some work to be done. Sexual harassment and discrimination based on gender, age and pregnancy have all been banned by federal employment law, however, many working women still face unique legal challenges that do not plague their male counterparts.
In some industries, paying dues is the only way to really break into the business. In TV news, young reporters are often sent out to stand in the snow and talk about harsh weather so veteran journalists don't have to brave the cold. Some great writers have started their careers penning obituaries and in finance, junior consultants often take care of the more menial number-crunching tasks.
In Maryland, the D.C. area and throughout the U.S., employers may not fire workers in retaliation for taking advantage of state or federal laws, or for protecting their rights in the workplace. This means an employer cannot fire an employee who is cooperating with an investigation by licensed authorities or one who supports a co-worker's sexual harassment complaint or has reported illegal practices of the company.
Maryland residents may be surprised to learn that the very agency that is responsible for enforcing federal laws that prevent workplace discrimination is being accused of discriminating against one of its employees because of her disability.