Employment Law

Negotiating an Employment Agreement

Employment agreements can benefit both the company and the executive by setting the tone for a professional relationship and clearly establishing the expectations that the company has of its executives. Employment contracts can and should be comprehensive and detailed enough to address the key issues that determine how an executive works for an organization. The agreements should impose both rights and obligations Read More

Federal Employee Discrimination: How to Prove It

Federal employees can take legal action to pursue a legal remedy if they are victimized by any type of unlawful discriminatory behavior.  This could include being refused a job or promotion or being fired as a result of their race, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, advanced age, or other protected status. Workers who are sexually harassed; whose federal government employers refuse to make Read More

Non-Compete Agreement FAQ

All too often, prospective clients come to us after having signed a non-compete agreement with their current employer that has absolutely no protection for them if they decide to leave.  To the uninitiated, this may be shocking that really talented individuals would sign these extremely lopsided agreements without ever negotiating or demanding that their current employer put in place some protections for them if they Read More

Is Gattaca Here? What Every Employee Should Know About the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

Advances in science have made it possible to know much more about the internal workings of our genetic makeup. Genetic testing can provide not only information about family backgrounds and ancestry but has also shed important light on genetic causes of many different kinds of serious medical conditions. Unfortunately, with this additional information comes the potential for that information to be misused. To Read More

Federal Employee Discrimination: What is It?

Federal employees, like virtually all workers throughout the United States, are protected from discrimination in the workplace. Federal employees are protected from many different kinds of discrimination and are protected from discrimination on the basis of many different characteristics and attributes. If you are a federal employee, there is a special federal sector complaint process that provides you with Read More

Understanding Change in Control Provisions

Executives need to ensure their employment contracts provide them with the protections they deserve given their high-level positions and their level of expertise.  A Baltimore employment contract lawyer can assist executives in understanding how employment agreements are structured and can assist executives in understanding key clauses to include in contractual agreements. One of the key things that executives Read More

Federal Employee Performance Appraisals: 5 Things to Know

Federal employees, like employees in the private sector, are expected to fulfill their job responsibilities. In order to ensure that federal workers are on track in doing what is expected of them, federal workers are subject to periodic performance appraisals. While these appraisals will ideally go smoothly and result in positive feedback being provided, sometimes problems can arise. The outcome of your federal Read More

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 Vehicles The U.S. Fourth Read More

What Does a Non-Compete Agreement Mean?

Many companies want to protect their customer list, their proprietary information, and their trade secrets. In an effort to ensure their information does not fall into the wrong hands – and to ensure employees don't steal their customers – it's common for businesses to require new hires or even existing workers to sign non-compete agreements. Non-compete agreements are agreements made between employers and Read More

Pursuing Administrative Remedies for Government Sexual Harassment in Maryland

Pursuing Administrative Remedies for Government Employees in Maryland Experiencing Sexual Harassment Sexual 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