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Maryland enacts protections for pregnant workers

Back in April, we discussed the employment law dispute of a former UPS employee here in Maryland. The woman was put on unpaid leave about six years ago due to her pregnancy. This caused her to lose her health insurance, and because she had not actually been fired she was not able to qualify for unemployment benefits. She sued UPS for pregnancy discrimination, and so far she has been losing her case.

Sexual orientation anti-discrimination bill introduced in Senate

This week was a historic week in professional sports. NBA center Jason Collins came out as gay, becoming the first male professional athlete to do so. The NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL all ban sexual orientation discrimination in their leagues, but nonetheless no one has felt comfortable coming out publicly until Collins.

Md. court says employers need not accommodate pregnant workers

Anyone who has been pregnant knows that pregnancy can be debilitating at times. Even in the healthiest and least complicated of pregnancies, women can be brought down by nausea and have to stop doing routine tasks at home and work due to doctors' orders to stop lifting. For many women, these are only minor inconveniences because they will pass and there are people to help out in the meantime. For other women, such side effects of pregnancy may lead to a job loss.

Howard County police officer accuses department of discrimination

In this day and age, it is difficult to accept that discrimination still plays a significant role in some U.S. workplaces. Discrimination in employment has been explicitly outlawed since 1964, but unfortunately people are still sometimes treated unfairly, demoted or fired on the basis of their age, sex, race, disability, religion and a number of other classifications. When this happens, the victims of discrimination can seek legal recourse.

U of Maryland physicians settle disability discrimination suit

Under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, employers here in Maryland and throughout the country are banned from discriminating against people with disabilities. Discriminatory actions include not only things like the outright refusal to hire a person based on a disability, and refusing a promotion to someone on the basis of a disability, but also failing to make reasonable accommodations to facilitate a disabled person's employment.

Transgender employment rights bill introduced by Maryland lawmakers

Anyone who watched President Barack Obama's inauguration last week likely heard the president's unexpected announcement of his support for gay rights. That proclamation has swiftly been followed by a call to action by gay rights activists, and one of the first things asked of the president has been that he ban federal contractors from practicing sexual orientation discrimination. Many might be surprised that this type of discrimination is not already outlawed in employment.

EEOC hits Maryland employer with disability discrimination claim

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission launched a lawsuit against a company in Maryland yesterday. It is accusing the Baltimore-based mechanical heating, ventilation and air conditioning company, Fidelity Engineering, of disability discrimination and retaliation.

Bethesda-based company faces gender discrimination suit

While women have made great strides in the workforce in recent decades, there are still many workplaces that proliferate gender discrimination. It may not be as obvious as it was back before the Equal Pay Act of1963 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 required employers to treat women and men equally, but today's working women still do not need to look far to find a glass ceiling, a wage discrepancy or a sexually hostile workplace.

Maryland employee's discrimination lawsuit ends in settlement

A national drug store chain has agreed to a $250,000 settlement with a former employee who claims that he was fired because of his disability. The settlement also dictates that the company may commit no additional violations of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and that it must provide additional ADA training for store managers to ensure that no such violations take place in the future.

Are older people out of work in Maryland due to discrimination?

Age is one of the protected classes under employment law, meaning that people cannot be discriminated against in the workplace or in hiring decisions. However, many older unemployed Maryland residents would likely tell you that age discrimination is a major problem that greatly affects the chances of those over 40 to find employment.

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