Barbara Sykes said it was “political back and forth” that led her to resign her post as appointed head of Ohio’s Civil Rights Commission (CRC) just before her confirmation hearing.
Sykes locked horns with Gov. Ted Strickland over the commission’s proposal to expand Ohio’srequirements. Sykes proposed requiring employers with four or more employees to offer 12 weeks’ unpaid leave, the same amount mandated for employers of 50 or more workers under federal law.
Strickland requested a delay to study the proposal, which the commission rejected. Shortly after, a legislative committee killed the proposal, saying the commission hadn’t thought through all the ramifications. That’s when Sykes resigned.
Strickland says he will continue to work on a “rule that will clarify a just and reasonable maternity leave.”
- No need to alter policy for employees who are expecting
- Does the Pregnancy Discrimination Act grant additional maternity leave?
- Pregnant worker? Congratulate, don't speculate
- Don't base hiring decisions on applicants' childbirth plans
- Poor economy dictates downsizing? You can fire employee who takes pregnancy leave