The first bill that Brooke successfully shepherded through the General Assembly closed an egregious loophole in Maryland’s Family Medical Leave Act: it ensured that, for the first time under Maryland law, employers could not fire workers for asking to use their accrued leave. A Bayview neighborhood resident brought this issue to Brooke’s attention soon after her election when he told her he had been fired by his company for asking to use leave to care for his father who was ill with Parkinson’s.
As a mom of two, Brooke personally understands the needs of working parents and the demands of modern family life. Brooke has been a champion for the Healthy Working Families bill (the paid earned sick leave bill), and has supported increased access to high-quality and affordable child care options for Maryland families.
Brooke is passionately committed to workers’ rights. As an attorney, she has represented many hard-working Marylanders whose rights have been violated. She fought for and won back pay for the employees of the ESPN Zone who were laid off in violation of the federal WARN Act, and also represented school bus drivers in Baltimore who were owed overtime pay. She has also represented individual workers who have put in their time, working long hours to provide for their families, but who have not been paid all of the wages they earned. Brooke has continued to lead the charge for working men and women in the Assembly through her advocacy for the Paystub Transparency Bill.