Target: Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland
Goal: Expand the disability discrimination code to protect pregnant women
Recently, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed a new law which protects pregnant women in the workplace. The law will expand the existing disability discrimination code to provide protection for any disabilities caused by pregnancy. This law is a step forward for women’s rights. Women should not face any discrimination for pregnancy, and Maryland has taken a step to ensure this.
The law came after a case in which Peggy Young, a pregnant UPS worker, was fired as her pregnancy prevented her from lifting objects over 20 pounds. UPS allows for workers with disabilities to perform lighter work, but Young was not allowed this exception as she did not have a disability. Young sued UPS for wrongful termination, but the courts agreed with UPS that pregnancy is not protected as a disability. The ruling of this case offered no protection to women. They could be freely discriminated against or fired simply for being pregnant. With the new law, Maryland will be banning this discrimination. Employers are required to provide reasonable accommodation to pregnant women, just as they would for any employee with a temporary inability to perform regular tasks.
This law is a step forward for women’s rights, as it protects women from facing unnecessary discrimination. Women should not be fired or face discrimination for pregnancy, especially when other temporary disabilities are protected. Maryland has done the right thing by passing this law. Show your support for the law and the protection of pregnant women.
Dear Governor O’Malley:
Recently, you signed a law which will provide protection for pregnant women in the workplace. This law expands the current disability discrimination code to protect pregnant employees. After a court case which ruled that pregnant women did not have the same protections under the law as others with temporary disabilities, you enacted this law to ensure these women are protected.
I applaud you for enacting this law. Pregnant women should not face any extra discrimination. You have realized this fact and made a significant step towards ensuring that these women are protected in the workplace. Thank you for this law.
[Your Name Here]
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