Age is one of the protected classes under employment law, meaning that people cannot be discriminated against in the workplace or in hiring decisions. However, many older unemployed Maryland residents would likely tell you that age discrimination is a major problem that greatly affects the chances of those over 40 to find employment.
Under federal and Maryland state laws, the minimum wage is currently set at $7.25. However, many people do not know that restaurant servers are often among those who can be paid a much lower wage, just $3.63 an hour, plus tips, here in Maryland.
Many Maryland workers whose parents are aging may be going through the unique transition of becoming their parents' caregivers. Caring for an older parent is becoming a new challenge for many Metro D.C. families as changing demographics mean more households have two people in the workforce and more Americans are reaching older ages.
Sexual harassment cases do not always stem from a supervisor harassing an employee. Sometimes, a worker is being harassed by a co-worker, and his or her supervisor is doing little to stop it. In other cases, a worker might even experience sexual harassment from someone who is not a part of the place of employment--such as a customer, client or patient that is within the workplace. In these cases, the supervisor or employer is still obligated by law to take actions to stop the sexual harassment once alerted.
Sexual harassment simply has no place in today's workplace. It is illegal under federal employment law, yet still it continues to happen. Last month, a jury in Washington, D.C., made a very unusual request in an attempt to stop employers from harboring sexual harassment.