Protect Women's Privacy

Posted Nov 17, 2017

Deepest Sympathy

Mark and I extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Baltimore City Homicide detective Sean Suiter. Sean Suiter was killed in the line of duty this week. Detective Suiter was shot in the head as he was investigating a case and later died at Shock Trauma.

Please join me in praying for Officer Suiter’s family and friends, as well as his brothers and sisters in law enforcement in Baltimore and across our country. I will post funeral information on my Facebook page for any interested.

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Will they protect women's privacy?

Wednesday, a group of twelve women legislators, including myself, sent a letter to Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch calling attention to the unintended consequences the Healthy Working Families Act will have on victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Paid Sick and Safe bill – or Healthy Working Families Act mandates up to 40 hours of “sick and safe” leave for employees who work for businesses with 15 or more employees. The bill was vetoed earlier this year, but the debate on overriding the veto will take place early in the upcoming 2018 Legislative Session.

The concern centers on language in the bill that allows an employer to ask employees to “provide verification that the leave was used appropriately”. While providing a doctor’s note to one’s employer after an illness may seem reasonable, it is anything but for those who use leave because of domestic violence or sexual assault.

The letter states, “Quite simply, no woman should have to disclose to their employer that they are taking leave because of domestic violence or sexual assault. Such a requirement further victimizes these women by giving them no choice but to disclose deeply personal and private in formation. It just goes too far.”

Rather than work on overriding the veto of the incredibly - flawed Healthy Working Families Act, the letter urges the presiding officers to work on a clean bill that simply provides Paid Time Off, without the cumbersome and intrusive documentation requirements.

Protecting women’s privacy is not a partisan issue. However, passing the current bill on paid sick leave issue is a top priority for the Democrats in Annapolis and therefore none of the Democrat women would sign onto the letter. While many admit this is a problem, none are able to buck their Party.

You can find the letter on my Facebook page:

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