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March 2013 Archives

Construction workers sue supervisor for unpaid wages

Under the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Act, employees have the right to be paid on time. Employees can generally pursue lawsuits in order to recover any unpaid wages from their employers after a paycheck is at least two weeks late. In some industries, however, it can be very difficult for employees to recover wages. This may be true in a field like construction, where there are numerous companies and supervisors involved in a project.

Strippers in West Virginia file class action wage theft lawsuit

Wage theft is a significant issue in the Metro Washington, D.C., area. "Wage theft" refers to employers failing to pay employees legal wages. This occurs when employers neglect to pay overtime properly, pay workers less than minimum wage or misclassify workers as exempt from certain wage rights, for example. Wage laws can be quite complicated as wages are governed by both the federal Fair Labor Standards Act as well as local state wage payment laws.

Employer fires woman for engaging in premarital sex

Under both Maryland law and federal employment law, pregnancy discrimination is illegal. While these anti-discrimination laws are very clear, a gray area has recently emerged. Several Christian employers have recently been accused of firing unwed pregnant women from their staffs. The firings are blamed on a breach of contract--these employees had signed contracts that stated they would abide by Christian values, including abstaining from premarital sex.

Howard County police officer accuses department of discrimination

In this day and age, it is difficult to accept that discrimination still plays a significant role in some U.S. workplaces. Discrimination in employment has been explicitly outlawed since 1964, but unfortunately people are still sometimes treated unfairly, demoted or fired on the basis of their age, sex, race, disability, religion and a number of other classifications. When this happens, the victims of discrimination can seek legal recourse.

Should all workers in Maryland have paid sick leave?

Some Maryland residents may know that our state's lawmakers have recently debated both whether the state's minimum wage should be raised and whether the state should require all employers to offer paid sick time off to all workers. While both bills are controversial, a new poll shows that the majority of Maryland voters do support the paid sick time initiative.

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