(a)(1) In this section, “employer” means a person engaged in a business, industry, profession, trade, or other enterprise in the State.
(2) “Employer” includes:
(i) a unit of State or local government that employs individuals who are not subject to the provisions of Title 9, Subtitle 5 of the State Personnel and Pensions Article; and
(ii) a person who acts directly or indirectly in the interest of another employer with an employee.
(b) This section applies to an employer who provides leave with pay to an employee following the birth of the employee's child.
(c) An employer who provides leave with pay to an employee following the birth of the employee's child shall provide the same leave with pay to an employee when a child is placed with the employee for adoption.
(d)(1) Whenever the Commissioner determines that this section has been violated, the Commissioner shall:
(i) try to resolve any issue involved in the violation informally by mediation; or
(ii) ask the Attorney General to bring an action on behalf of the applicant or employee.
(2) The Attorney General may bring an action under this subsection in the county where the violation allegedly occurred for injunctive relief, damages, or other relief.
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