Comment: Maryland’s Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnancy Act

MARYLAND’S REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABILITIES DUE TO PREGNANCY ACT: MEANING, INTERPRETATIONS, AND IMPLICATIONS

By Jennifer Harris*

INTRODUCTION

     In 2013, the Fourth Circuit decided Young v. UPS, a case that pushed Maryland legislators to draft Maryland’s Reasonable Accommodation for Disabilities Due to Pregnancy Act. This amendment to Maryland’s anti-discrimination law took effect on October 1, 2013, and requires employers with fifteen or more employees to explore reasonable accommodations with their pregnant employees. Maryland has now joined a few other states in expanding the rights of pregnant workers by categorizing pregnant workers in accordance with their ability or inability to work for purposes of discrimination law, and not by their sex.


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* Jennifer Harris is a third-year law student at the University of Baltimore and currently serves as the Symposium Editor on the Volume 44 Executive Board. Jennifer graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2012 and majored in Government and Politics. She is currently a law clerk at Pessin Katz Law, P.A. in Towson, Maryland and has held internships in the Baltimore City Circuit Court and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She hopes to eventually practice civil litigation in Maryland.

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Practitioner Series: How to Choose Your Economic Expert

By Robert Carter¹

Simply put, choosing an economic expert is hard. How are you supposed to pick the best expert in a field you don’t know? It’s the equivalent of trying to find the next Michael Jordan when you’ve only played or followed soccer. By gaining an understanding of an expert’s educational and professional background, experience, and potential presence on the stand, you can perform a thorough evaluation of a potential expert allowing you to make a well-informed decision.

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Practitioner Series: When Should You Retain an Economic Witness?

By Robert Carter¹

In the litigation arena, it’s more likely than not that a time will come when you need an economic expert. Even if pursuing mediation, arbitration or a collaborative approach, obtaining an expert may be essential for success. Even if a case is destined to settle, a report from an economic expert may speed the process along or give added weight to your argument. The key is to determine when an expert should be retained.

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Call For Papers: Applied Feminism and Work

The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center on Applied Feminism seeks submissions for its Eighth Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference.  This year’s theme is “Applied Feminism and Work.”  The conference will be held on March 5 and 6, 2015. For more information about the conference, please visit law.ubalt.edu/caf.

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Article: Sitting By The Well: The Case For Intercultural Competency Training In International Experiential Learning

By Jeffrey Blumberg¹

“Sit by the well.” This was the guiding principle by which a friend and fellow returned Peace Corps volunteer, who served in Africa in the 1960s, conducted her volunteer service. She explained that volunteers were instructed to listen, learn, adapt and integrate culturally, and understand their cultural settings. Volunteers were given permission to not immediately “accomplish” but first understand the context of their volunteer assignments and the nuances of local players’ inter-relationships, cultural norms, and community needs. It was only after having this period of reflection that volunteers would be considered ready to roll up their sleeves and go about undertaking their assignments. This concept of sitting by the well is tantamount to obtaining intercultural competency before setting out to conduct community development work.

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