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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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Employment Law

Facebook Firing May Violate Employee’s Rights

Social media has exploded over the past decade and is quickly becoming a workplace issue. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are no doubt the most prominent of the social media outlets. Although they provide a great opportunity to collaborate, network, and share information, these sites are also rife with misinformation, or worse, downright lies.

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