As we have previously noted in this Greenbelt Employment Law Blog, wage theft is becoming a growing trend in Maryland. Wage theft occurs when employers, for one reason or another, refuse to pay workers their earned wages. Some of the latest allegations of wage theft involve bus drivers and aides who are employed by a contractor of Baltimore schools.
Back in April, we discussed the employment law dispute of a former UPS employee here in Maryland. The woman was put on unpaid leave about six years ago due to her pregnancy. This caused her to lose her health insurance, and because she had not actually been fired she was not able to qualify for unemployment benefits. She sued UPS for pregnancy discrimination, and so far she has been losing her case.
Back in February, Frederick Community College announced that its new president had departed the institution due to "philosophical differences." The man, who had served only about six months as the community college's president, left his post after the college's board of trustees held a closed meeting on Jan. 3.
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act has long required Maryland employers to pay hourly employees overtime rates for hours worked in excess of 40 in a given week. This federal employment right could soon change, however, as a controversial bill continues to make its way through Congress. The Working Families Flexibility Act would allow workers to exchange their overtime pay for paid time off.
This week was a historic week in professional sports. NBA center Jason Collins came out as gay, becoming the first male professional athlete to do so. The NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL all ban sexual orientation discrimination in their leagues, but nonetheless no one has felt comfortable coming out publicly until Collins.