Several months ago, a bill was introduced in the Maryland legislature that would greatly restrict the enforcement of non-compete agreements. While that bill has yet to be passed into law, several other states have now introduced similar legislation, which suggests that the idea of outlawing non-compete agreements is becoming more and more popular in various parts of the country.
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.
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.
A Maryland cardiologist, who is dealing with a high-profile case about questionable stent procedures, will not be able to sue his employer for defamation, a Baltimore County judge ruled Monday.