Frederick- Like many hard-working state employees, Theresa Lawson works a second job.
A 21 year veteran of the Division of Parole and Probation (P&P), Lawson has worked her second job since 2006 and had been approved by management yearly to do so. But Lawson was recently denied secondary employment.
One morning, Lawson, suffering from a chronic headache, used accrued leave which she had earned and took the day off from her state job, which is covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Feeling better near the end of the day, Theresa decided to report in to her second job. When supervisors found out, they attempted to bar her long-time, approved secondary employment.
Working through our union, AFSCME, Lawson fought the unfair denial of secondary employment and won due to the fact that P&P does not actually have a policy covering secondary employment.
If you believe your contract rights have been violated, contact AFSCME.