Many people in Greenbelt saw Ann Curry's tearful goodbye on NBC's "Today" show yesterday. Curry was only one year into a three-year $30 million contract at the time of her departure as Matt Lauer's co-host, but the network reportedly demoted her due to lackluster ratings.
Whenever an employee in the Maryland or Washington, D.C., area is asked to sign a covenant not to compete, it is very important that he or she fully understands the legal ramifications of the contract. Employers generally use non-compete agreements in order to limit their employees' abilities to work elsewhere after leaving the company. Non-compete agreements are also sometimes involved when someone sells his or her business to another entity.
More U.S. hospitals and health companies are refusing to hire smokers--in efforts to foster a healthy workplace and keep insurance costs down--but is this practice legal? Or, is it workplace discrimination?
Religion is one of several classes that are protected from workplace discrimination under federal and state laws. Here in Maryland, it is illegal for an employer to treat a worker unfairly on the basis of race, age, sex, disability, religion, national origin, family or marital status or sexual orientation. However, discrimination is often masked, which can make it difficult for an employee to prove by him- or herself that unfair treatment is taking place.
Last month in our Greenbelt Employment Law Blog, we discussed the termination of a retail CFO who was fired for allegedly posting company information on a social media website. More details of that case have now been revealed. It appears that accessories retailer Francesca's may have fired the CFO after he suggested to investors--via his Twitter account--a forthcoming positive earnings report.