Employment Law Blog

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Contracts: What Every Employee Should Know

Every contract is important, but among of the most important contracts we will sign throughout our lives are our employment contracts. Most employees known to read carefully for salary and vacation terms, but not every employee knows to look for mandatory arbitration clauses hidden within their contracts. This article will discuss what employees need to know about these clauses.

What is Mandatory Arbitration?

Arbitration is a system of adjudication that takes a dispute out of the courts and resolves it via a Read more . . .

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sexual Harassment in Restaurant Chains

Q: What industry has the most sexual harassment claims?

Employment law attorneys are hearing that something may not be quite right in the neighborhood.

At least that's what some Applebee's employees who claim they have been subjected to Read more . . .

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Maryland Substitute Teacher Released Over White Supremacist Ties

Can I be fired for my political beliefs and associations?

Historically, substitute teachers have been the butt of jokes and pranks by unruly students and objects of sympathy by the general public. But that isn't necessarily true for all substitute teachers.

Maryland employment law attorneys and the local community recently watched with interest the dismissal of a substitute teacher after his alleged ties to "a white supremacist think tank" were exposed.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Maryland New Minimum Wage Law Enacted in Montgomery County

Q: Will the new $15 per hour minimum wage law impact you?

Maryland employment lawyers are bracing for an influx of inquiries from employers and employees alike regarding if, and how, the recent passage of a $15 minimum wage law in Montgomery County may impact them.

The new addition to the Read more . . .

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Racial and Ethnic Discrimination Alleged Against Maryland Police Department

Q: What is disparate treatment discrimination?  

Employment discrimination attorneys are watching with interest the Department of Justice investigation into "allegations of discrimination against Hispanics and African-Americans within the Prince George's County Police Department” in Maryland.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, national origin, and religion.  It also prohibits employers from retaliating against workers who complain about or pursue employment discrimination claims.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

The Harvey Weinstein Scandal’s Impact on Workplace Sexual Harassment

Recent allegations of work-related sexual harassment claims have rocked the entertainment industry as dozens of women – –including some prominent actresses --have come out accusing one of Hollywood's most prominent producers of sexual harassment and/or misconduct. If their stories of incidents that span decades are true, some might wonder if the phrase "casting couch” was inspired by him. 

In a "stunning blow to a producer known for shaping American film and championing liberal causes," Weinstein was reportedly fired by his own company amid the allegations of sexual misconduct.
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Unclean Hands Alleged at a Maryland Car Wash

Q:  Can my employer make me clean his house?

The current and former owners and manager of a Maryland car wash may be in hot water regarding a lawsuit based on allegations of not only employment discrimination at the car wash, but also alleged off-site servitude-type claims by certain workers at an owner’s and manager’s personal homes.

Sadly, racial and ethnic discrimination the workplace still exists in some jobs despite the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Among other things, the law prohibits racially-based discrimination by employers with respect to "any employment decision including hiring, firing, promotions, compensation, job training, discipline, and termination.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Apprenticeship Council Certification Process Questioned

Q. Is the District of Columbia enforcing its own labor laws?

There is controversy surrounding the commercial and residential building boom in the DC area.  Employment law attorneys representing employers in the construction industry--who encourage companies to follow state and federal laws-- as well as their compliant clients and some local politicians, are up in arms about the controversial certification of an out-of-state contractor with an allegedly less-than-stellar reputation.

The contractor in question has contracts at “16 major building sites in D.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Maryland Electrical Workers’ Shocking Racial Discrimination Claim

Q: What constitutes racial discrimination in the workplace?

Despite Maryland laws, employment lawyers help employees take action regarding many different harassment- and discrimination-based workplace problems. They also help employers defend against meritless claims.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, national origin, and religion. Employees who possess these characteristics are considered members of a “protected class”.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Blowing the Whistle on Religious Discrimination

Q: Do I have to work on a religious holiday?

Employment lawyers know that despite state and federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination based on race, color, national origin, and religion, employees in these protected classes are still victims of discrimination. Sometimes employers don't discriminate overtly, but in other instances their actions may be harder to hide.

In addition, disparate impact discrimination --when an employer applies the same policy, rule or practice to every employee, but it has a disproportionately negative impact on employees who are members of a protected class-- can be hard to identify.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

New Employee Sick and Safe Leave Law Seems Unstoppable

Q: How will the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act impact employees and employers if signed into law?

Score one for the employee.

In the contemporary workplace setting, the laws that govern the relationship between employer and employees are ever-changing. For that reason many smart businesses are often retain skilled employment lawyers to ensure they stay on top of the latest changes in workplace regulations and reduce lawsuits for inadvertent noncompliance.

The latest change in Maryland involves a mandatory sick and safe leave law called the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (the “Act”). When it becomes law, as it appears it will, the Act will join the Family Medical Leave Act as another weapon for workers battling

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