Understanding Exemptions (and Exceptions) to Federal Overtime Rules

Not every Maryland employee is covered by federal and state overtime laws. The Fair Labor Standards Act, which governs federal overtime rules, contains a number of exemptions. That is to say, “exempt” employees are not legally entitled to overtime pay even if they work more than 40 hours per week.Maryland Company Ordered to Pay Overtime to Managers Who Made Deliveries With Personal VehiclesThe U.S. Fourth Read More

Pursuing Administrative Remedies for Government Sexual Harassment in Maryland

Pursuing Administrative Remedies for Government Employees in Maryland Experiencing Sexual HarassmentSexual harassment remains a serious problem in many federal and state government workplaces. Harassment is not simply unprofessional conduct. It is a recognized and prohibited form of sex discrimination, and it is important to take immediate action if you are a victim.Judge Dismisses Federal Government Read More

How Federal and State Law Differs on Protection of LGBT Workers

LGBT workers in Maryland face a divided legal landscape when it comes to fighting employment discrimination. While Maryland law clearly recognizes discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity as illegal, federal law is more complicated. Title VII prohibits sex discrimination, but federal courts in Maryland do not recognize “sex” as covering either sexual orientation or gender Read More

Is a Five-Year Non-Compete Agreement Enforceable in Maryland?

 Non-compete agreements have become an increasingly popular way for employers to maintain control over their former employees. Also known as “restrictive covenants,” non-compete agreements limit a former employee's ability to work for another employer in the same industry or geographic area. Obviously, such agreements tend to heavily favor the employer, and consequently, Maryland courts will only enforce restrictive Read More

What Does the EEOC Do?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") is a federal agency that is vested with responsibility for enforcing anti-discrimination laws. The EEOC enforces rules set by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, and color. The EEOC also enforces the rules established by the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Age Read More

What is Discrimination?

Discrimination, in its simplest form, means treating someone differently because of a characteristic or trait that person has, often because of prejudice.  Discrimination, in some forms, is illegal under both state laws in Maryland and federal laws.  It is important for workers to understand when discrimination is illegal and to take action if they are the victim of discriminatory actions that affect their work Read More

Damages in a Baltimore Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

According to a September 2017 Bloomberg article, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) accused Wells Fargo of unlawfully hindering the U.S. Government’s investigation of the company. The investigation centers on the alleged widespread sexual harassment of female employees, according to a federal court filing. The bank is accused of being a hostile work environment for female employees. For instance, Read More

When Does a Baltimore Company Violate the Wage and Overtime Laws?

According to an article in The Baltimore Sun, former M&T Bank employees have filed a lawsuit seeking overtime pay. A total of nine former employees of the bank filed a lawsuit accusing the bank of violating federal overtime law. According to the lawsuit, the former employees claim that they were hired to complete compliance and analytical work. Instead, they performed routine clerical tasks and data entry Read More

Age Discrimination–How Do I Prove It?

Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) The Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA") was passed in 1967 to protect older workers from discrimination in the workplace. The ADEA prohibits employers from discriminating against workers who are 40 years old or older. The law does not cover employees who are younger than 40.Workplace discrimination includes actions that have adverse employment effects, which Read More

Baltimore Discrimination Includes Ethnicity Discrimination

An Annapolis area car wash owner is accused of ethnicity discrimination, according to an August Capital Gazette article. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, claims that a former car wash owner near Annapolis made employees of Latino descent clean his home and forced them to endure poor working conditions. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The Read More