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Employment Law

Maryland High Court Dodges Employment Law Bullet

This post is about a case we simply can’t resist reporting on. This is, after all, a blog that analyzes and provides insight on developments in Maryland employment issues. Thus, when our State’s highest court, the Maryland Court of Appeals, is sued as a defendant for violating the FMLA and the case goes all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, well, that’s news! Thankfully, for the taxpayers of Maryland, the Court of Appeals emerged victorious.

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Employment Law

Discriminating in Severance Pay Will Cost You

For most employers, the object of offering severance pay in exchange for a release is to prevent the former employee from suing and to “buy” peace. When the County of Chesterfield, Virginia, made a severance offer to one of its long-time, female employees, however, it created a Title VII discrimination lawsuit that would not otherwise have existed. That’s a major oops!

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Employment Law

Employment: Transgender Discrimination Protection MD

Add Baltimore County to the growing list of Maryland counties protecting transgender individuals from discrimination in the workplace; it joins Baltimore City and Howard and Montgomery counties. The Baltimore County Council approved hotly-debated legislation on February 21, 2012, that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression and on sexual orientation in employment, housing, public accommodations and financing.

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Employment Law

Arbitration Agreements, Employee Handbooks: Bad Mix

So, you’ve heard that arbitration agreements are the way to go. You’ve read or been told that arbitration is less expensive than litigating discrimination and other employee claims in court, and that it avoids the risk of a runaway jury verdict in favor of your employee. Just slip the agreement into your company’s employee handbook and you’re good to go.

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