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November 2012 Archives

President signs whistle-blower protection bill

When employees report the illegal or fraudulent activities of their employers, they are protected by law from being retaliated against at work. This generally means that the employee, the whistle-blower, cannot be fired or subjected to a discriminatory or hostile work environment due to the complaint. However, whistle-blowers are often retaliated against and in these cases they can seek legal recourse, including compensation for their losses as well as job reinstatement.

Court tells harassment plaintiffs to turn in cellphones, passwords

We have previously discussed the employment law issues surrounding employers here in Maryland who use Facebook to evaluate job candidates or check up on existing employees. While many states have addressed this privacy issue, some of them outlawing the practice, Facebook and other electronic communications of employees are turning up in another area of employment law--litigation.

Maryland employee's discrimination lawsuit ends in settlement

A national drug store chain has agreed to a $250,000 settlement with a former employee who claims that he was fired because of his disability. The settlement also dictates that the company may commit no additional violations of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and that it must provide additional ADA training for store managers to ensure that no such violations take place in the future.

Nicollette Sheridan may file contract dispute under another law

Here in Maryland, fans of the television show "Desperate Housewives" may be following the legal drama of one of its former stars now that the show no longer on the air. However, even those that do not miss the show, and are not interested in entertainment news, may be able to learn something from Nicollette Sheridan's employment contract dispute.

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