Employment Law

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As an employee it can seem like the employer holds all the power. While it is true that employers have a significant amount of control over how things are done in the workplace, they are not allowed to abuse and discriminate against their employees. If you are involved in an employment dispute, we can help. Let our employment dispute lawyers review your case and help determine whether or not your employer has violated any laws that may give rise to some type of legal action.

The following are some of the more common ways that employers violate the rights of their employees. If you believe you have been the victim of any of these behaviors, please contact us today for a confidential consultation.

  • Wage & Hour Claims (Paycheck Theft) – No matter the circumstances, if you are not being properly paid for the hours you are working, this is a form of wage theft. This includes people who aren’t receiving proper overtime pay for the extra hours they are working.
  • Sexual Harassment – Sexual harassment of any type is absolutely unacceptable, especially in the workplace. If you ever feel like you have been harassed sexually by a boss, co-worker, customer, or client, you have the right to be protected.
  • Age Discrimination – Employers are not permitted to fire or not hire someone just based on their age. If your employer is treating you differently because of how old you are, we can help.
  • Gender Discrimination – There is no such thing as a ‘guys job’ or a ‘girls job’ but some employers seem to be stuck with an outdated mindset. If your employer is discriminating or treating you unfairly based on your gender, you may have a legal case that can be made.
  • Race and National Origin Discrimination – Discrimination in the workplace based on race or national origin is unacceptable, and illegal. If you are treated differently because of your race or national origin, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to review your case.
  • Disability Discrimination – Some people assume that someone with a disability is unable to perform certain jobs. The law requires, however, that employers treat those with disabilities the same as those without as long as they are able to complete the job duties with reasonable accommodations.
  • Wrongful Termination – Employers can fire people as needed for the business, but only with just cause. If you have been fired without reasonable cause, you may have a wrongful termination suit on your hands.
  • Pregnancy Discrimination – Getting pregnant should be a joyful experience, but some employers don’t see it that way. If your employer is trying to fire you, get you to quit, or otherwise discriminate against you because of a pregnancy, you need to protect your rights.
  • Religious DiscriminationEmployers are required to make reasonable accommodations for the religious beliefs of their employees, and they are never allowed to discriminate based on these beliefs. If your employer is putting an unreasonable burden on you based on your religious beliefs, we can help.
  • Employment Contracts – Having a contract employment agreement in place can help provide significant protections to both the employee and the employer. We can help cover all elements of an employment contract that all parties will be happy with. Additionally, we can help you with employment policies, executive employment agreements, and help explain exempt wages vs. non-exempt wages.
  • Government Employee Issues – Government employees often have a variety of added rights and responsibilities that those in the private sector don’t. If these rights and responsibilities aren’t provided, it is important to demand them.

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No matter what type of legal issues you are having related to your employer, we can help. We’ll take the time to go over your case, and provide you honest and accurate information about what options are available to you. Contact us to set up a consultation today.

Employment Law Blog Articles

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 …

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 mor …

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 …

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 …

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 la …

Understanding Overtime Hours

In the early days of the 20th century, employers could force workers to put in unconscionable hours on the job. The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) changed that in 1938 by establishing a 40-hour workweek. The employee may still work for more than 40 …

Employment Contracts: 8 Things an Executive Should Know Before Signing

Many people are thrilled to receive an offer. Still, they may not feel comfortable asking for a lot of details, fearing that they may appear to be uninterested in the offer. However, it is imperative that workers, especially executives, fully understan …

What is the Sick Leave Law in Maryland?

Sick leave law has long been an important topic across the state. Although many may not give much thought to the legal aspect of sick leave, the issue of how to take care of yourself or family members becomes relevant the moment you receive unexpected …

Maryland Non-Compete Agreements: What Employees Need to Know

You’re offered a new job, and you are thrilled about it. Because you can’t wait to begin, you probably won’t want to slow down to read all of the terms of your offer, or all of the paperwork that you’re asked to sign. However, if your future employer w …

Fired for Off-Duty Misconduct? Your Employer May Have Violated Your Rights

For most people, there is a difference between work and play. While you are at work, you may do everything possible to ensure you are doing your job well. However, once you leave your place of employment, you may choose to hang out with friends and fam …

Starting a Business? Take These 4 Proactive Steps to Minimize Your Risk of Legal Complications

If you’re starting your own business, you may be concerned about potential future legal complications and for good reason: one lawsuit can cost your business millions, potentially bankrupting your company and causing you to lose everything you have wor …

5 Key Differences Between Employees and Independent Contractors

A person doing a job is the same as another person doing a job, right? Not necessarily. In the murky world of employment law, just because you do the same thing doesn’t make you the same thing. Case in point: independent contractors and employees. One …

6 Essential Elements Every Employee Handbook Must Contain

A good employee handbook can pay dividends for years to come because it helps employers and employees know the rules of their relationship and what to do when that relationship runs into trouble. A bad employee handbook – or worse, no employee handbook …

5 Key Elements Every Employment Agreement Should Have

Employment agreements are not necessarily rare, but they are not particularly common, either. Employment agreements are usually entered into between an employer and executives, physicians, scientists, engineers and other highly-skilled employees.  Wher …

Lien Releases: A Cautionary Tale For Subcontractors In Maryland

*This article first appeared in the October 2016 issue of Maryland Construction Network’s Networked & Connected newsletter.  A recent decision from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland demonstrates the perils that a subcont …

OSHA Penalties Increase Significantly

OSHA Penalties Increase Significantly On August 1st, the Department of Labor increased penalties for its agencies, which include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”).  The increase in civil penalties was the result of legislation …