Law would give pregnant women more workplace protection

House passes bill requiring companies to allow moms-to-be to perform less strenuous jobs

March 20, 2013|By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun

Companies would have to adjust the duties of women who can't perform their normal jobs because they are pregnant under legislation passed by the House of Delegates Wednesday.

The legislation, which now awaits a vote in the Senate, would require businesses to allow women to do less strenuous jobs because their current work might harm the expectant mom or her baby.

Women would be required under the legislation to show proof from a doctor or other health care professional that they need to ratchet down their work.

The bill, sponsored in the House by Del. Tom Hucker, a Montgomery County Democrat, follows the court case involving UPS worker Peggy Young of Landover. The UPS driver took unpaid leave while trying to get pregnant and asked for light duty while pregnant. She was denied and instead told she could come back to work after giving birth.

Young sued UPS in federal court, seeking protections under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, but the court found that she had failed to prove discrimination.

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