I wear a wet suit because it suits me
By DAVID KENNEDY, Associated Press • BETHESDA, Md.
(AP) The best way to stay cool is to wear a dry suit.
That’s the message from one business owner, a hot-tempered woman and a passionate supporter of President Donald Trump who wears one as she tries to get to work on time at a Maryland construction site.
In a sign of the times, Maryland Gov.
Larry Hogan and a group of lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill that would require businesses to provide customers with an alternative to wearing their business suit in the heat.
The bill also includes a provision requiring the state’s workforce development agency to study the need for wet suits.
Maryland has been struggling to find a replacement for its signature business suit.
The state is also facing a backlash from the public after a rash of lawsuits alleging sexual harassment and assault by some construction workers at two Baltimore-area properties.
The legislation comes amid growing scrutiny of the state after a string of workplace incidents, including sexual harassment, followed the 2016 death of an engineer and other accusations of misconduct.
The business suits, which are made from fleece or other materials, have become an increasingly popular choice among construction workers because they are lighter and more breathable than their work clothes.