Should You Get Paid for Your Work Drive/Ride Time? Disability Discrimination: The Importance of Being  ‘Otherwise Qualified’ Pregnant & Working: Does Your Employer Have to Accommodate You? Employers Can’t Shorten Time Limitations For Federal Wage Claims Faculty Member Vindicated in Case Against Johns Hopkins University Lebau & Neuworth, LLC Named 2014 Best Law Firm By U.S. News – Best Lawyers

Should You Get Paid for Your Work Drive/Ride Time?

If you use an employer-provided vehicle for your commute, you may be entitled to payment for your travel time. The Employee Commuting Flexibility Act (ECFA) requires that employers pay employees for time spent commuting in employer vehicles unless the use of the employer’s vehicle was 1) “for travel that is within the normal commuting area for […]

Disability Discrimination: The Importance of Being ‘Otherwise Qualified’

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) is the federal law that protects individuals with disabilities against discrimination, including discrimination in the workplace. In order to be protected against workplace discrimination under the ADA, a person must be “otherwise qualified” to perform the essential functions or duties of a job, with or without reasonable accommodation. This […]

Pregnant & Working: Does Your Employer Have to Accommodate You?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) just published new guidance that supports broad protections for pregnant women: EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues, No. 915.003 (July 14, 2014). The federal law that bans discrimination against pregnant workers is called the Pregnancy Act Discrimination Act (PDA). Under the new EEOC Guidance for enforcing the […]

Employers Can’t Shorten Time Limitations For Federal Wage Claims

In an important decision for employees, the Court in Boaz v. FedEx Cust. Info. Serv. held that an employer cannot shorten the limitations period for a worker to sue under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) for owed overtime and/or the minimum wage. In Boaz, the employee brought suit against FedEx for unpaid overtime wages. While […]

Faculty Member Vindicated in Case Against Johns Hopkins University

After a week-long trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, a jury determined that Johns Hopkins University unlawfully retaliated against a Whiting School of Engineering professor, Rajesh Kumar, PhD, after he reported research misconduct to the university. Lebau & Neuworth partner Stephen Lebau was the lead attorney representing Dr. Kumar in the case, Rajesh Kumar, […]

Lebau & Neuworth, LLC Named 2014 Best Law Firm By U.S. News – Best Lawyers

Baltimore, November 1, 2013 — U.S. News - Best Lawyers has named Lebau & Neuworth, LLC, among Maryland’s Best Law Firms for 2014. Lebau & Neuworth, LLC has more than 60 years of combined experience in championing the legal rights for employees and disabled individuals.  Co-founders Stephen Lebau and Richard Neuworth only practice in the field […]

Voted ‘Best Lawyers in Maryland’ 4 Years Straight


Consistently ranked among the best lawyers in Maryland, Lebau & Neuworth, LLC, represents clients in employment law and employee benefit matters and disputes.

Since 2010, we have earned “Best Lawyers in Maryland” status from US News – Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Avvo Ratings, and Martindale Hubbell Lawyer Ratings.

Most importantly, we are proud of the employee rights and employment law work we do.


What We Stand For

“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created
by the individual who can labor in freedom”
Albert Einstein

At the law firm of Lebau & Neuworth, LLC, we share this belief – and put it into practice every day on behalf of our clients. Whether you are an individual employee seeking advice or part of a group or class of individuals facing complex employment litigation, Lebau & Neuworth offers expert advice and counsel in representing your rights.

How We Do It

We do it with focus. Lebau & Neuworth focuses almost exclusively on representing individuals and employees in employment law and employee benefit matters and disputes.

We do it with experience. Lebau & Neuworth’s team of lawyers brings decades of employment law experience to every employee rights case.

We do it with results. Lebau & Neuworth successfully wins employee rights cases, vindicating our clients in state and federal courts throughout the country. We have received top ratings from US News – Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Avvo Ratings, and Martindale Hubbell Lawyer Ratings.

Our Focus

Whether you are a top-level executive in the corner office or a front-line worker on the factory floor, your individual employee rights matter. When those rights are threatened, they deserve to be aggressively protected — that’s where Lebau & Neuworth can make all of the difference.

Our practice champions the rights of individual employees – not companies, unions or insurance companies. But while we focus on the individual, our representation is anything but limited; in fact, Lebau & Neuworth has a national reputation for successfully representing clients in court, mediations, negotiations and arbitrations.


Our Services

Employment Advice & Counsel

Are you uncertain of your employment rights, experiencing problems on the job, facing discipline or not advancing as you should? Lebau & Neuworth will help you assess your issue, apprise you of your legal rights and obligations, and suggest courses of action.

Executive Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants

We often negotiate employment contracts in all industries for our clients directly with their employers as well as “behind the scenes” with our individual clients.

Our expertise in evaluating compensation agreements, non-compete provisions, and other restrictive covenants provides a critical advantage in time-sensitive negotiations. We offer insights that most lawyers cannot.

Negotiating Separation Agreements/Packages

Lebau & Neuworth frequently negotiates separation agreements for employees who have been terminated, asked to resign or are about to be terminated. Such matters are handled with sensitivity, at this often-stressful time.

Leave Issues

We offer counsel on leave issues, including medical leaves and short-term and long-term disability benefits to employees on leave. Issues often can arise concerning the length, timing and entitlement to a leave of absence, as well as retaliatory actions against employees who have exercised a right to a leave. Leave questions can include:

  • Family medical leave
  • Disability leave benefits
  • Disability discrimination and accommodation issues

Discrimination & Harassment & Retaliation Claims

Lebau & Neuworth has broad experience in handling employment discrimination and harassment claims, based on gender, race, age, national origin, color, disability, religion, sexual preference/orientation and physical appearance. Our representation includes protection for our clients who may face retaliatory suits in response to their original complaints of discrimination and harassment.

Termination Issues

We represent employees who have been wrongfully terminated, and bring actions against those who wrongfully terminate them. As experienced trial lawyers, we do not hesitate to file suit when appropriate. At the same time, we advise clients that alternative dispute resolution and mediation are often appropriate alternatives to litigation.

Defense Against Employers

We defend those clients vigorously who are sued an employer, over claims arising from issues such as purported breaches of confidentiality or non-compete agreements.

Compensation & Wage-Hour Issues

Employees who are owed wages, overtime, commissions, bonuses, and other forms of compensation often turn to Lebau & Neuworth for counsel. Our firm has represented thousands of employees in claims for overtime wages. We frequently are engaged in class action litigation against some of the largest employers.

Our insights and extensive experience in successfully resolving overtime, commission and compensation cases makes Lebau & Neuworth a leading firm in this practice area.

Disability Benefits

We are renowned for representing individuals’ claims for disability benefits from private insurance policies, employer-sponsored plans and government agencies. In preparing such cases, our attorneys work closely with medical professionals and vocational rehabilitation specialists. We possess a depth of knowledge that allows us to prevail in litigation against insurance companies.

Employee Benefit Plan (ERISA) Issues

Employee benefit plan litigation involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is a central part of Lebau & Neuworth’s practice. (ERISA is the federal law that governs many employee benefit plans such as health insurance, pension and retirement, and disability insurance plans.) Our firm represents clients in ERISA-related claims at all stages, from the initial claim to the appeal and litigation.

Whistle-blower representation

We successfully represent whistle-blowers in False Claims Act litigation and similar claims brought under varying federal and state statues. Lebau & Neuworth is well equipped to protect our clients rights and interests, by aggressive litigation and technical expertise.

Public Sector Employees

Lebau & Neuworth represents public sector employees in a wide range of matters, including advancement, discipline and termination issues.

Health Care Professionals & Academicians

Lebau & Neuworth frequently represents health care professionals and academicians involved in sensitive and serious employment matters. We represent tenured and untenured faculty members, teachers, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, dentists, and others in employment and licensure/credentialing matters.