At first blush, the recent decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals might not appear to be especially significant. After all, the court held that overtime pay is included in the statutory definition of "wages."
Union workers at Hostess Brands, which operates several bakeries in Maryland, have announced that they will strike if wage cuts and an "unfair" contract is imposed while the company undergoes bankruptcy proceedings.
For Greenbelt residents, overtime wages are governed by both federal and Maryland state employment law. "Overtime" refers to payment to an employee, at the rate of one and one-half times the regular hourly wage, for work performed in excess of 40 hours in a seven-day week.
In Greenbelt and throughout the metro D.C. area, workplace discrimination is not the same issue that it once was--it exists, but it has evolved. Companies do not often publicly fire a worker because she is a woman or because he has a disability, as this type of blatant discrimination has become unpopular over time. But, discrimination still plays an unfortunate role in hiring and firing decisions as well as daily life in the workplace.