Virus Outbreak South Carolina

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2021 file photo, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster talks about vaccine distribution and abortion during a news conference in Columbia, S.C. McMaster has opened up COVID-19 vaccination to all of the state's residents ages 16 and up, saying Friday, March 26, that they could begin scheduling appointments next week and receive the vaccine starting March 31. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, file)

(AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is suing South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster over an executive order requiring state agencies to fast-track employees' return to the office during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The complaint filed Monday argues that McMaster's order exceeds his authority and disproportionately harms women, caregivers, those with disabilities and Black people.

McMaster issued the order last month, as vaccinations ramped up in the state and virus cases declined. A spokesman for McMaster says the Department of Administration has worked with agency heads to bring employees back to the office safely, providing flexibility for accommodations and giving time to implement safety precautions.

More news: ACLU of SC demands Gov. McMaster revoke or delay return-to-work order

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