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Lebau & Neuworth Involved in Multiple EEOC Accomplishments in 2017

Lebau & Neuworth Involved in Multiple EEOC Accomplishments in 2017
Posted on November 27, 2017 in Employee Rights, Employment Law

Lebau & Neuworth attorneys were fortunate enough to have represented three of the persons for whom the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)  filed lawsuits in 2017. In those lawsuits, we successfully represented our clients in negotiating private settlement agreements.

The EEOC recently announced its overall 2017 results; among them were the following:

  • The EEOC recovered approximately $484 million discrimination, $355.6 million through mediation, conciliation and other administrative enforcement, and $42.4 million in monetary relief for charging parties through litigation.
  • The EEOC also secured $86 million in monetary relief for federal employees and applicants.
  • The EEOC filed 184 merits lawsuits, including 124 suits on behalf of individuals, 30 non-systemic suits with multiple victims, and 30 systemic suits. This is more than double the number of suits filed in fiscal year 2016.

The EEOC also reduced its backlog of Charges of Discrimination.  The EEOC resolved 99,109 charges and reduced the charge workload by 16.2 percent to 61,621, the lowest level of inventory in 10 years.

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Maryland Court Holds a Non-Compete is Unenforceable

Maryland Court Holds a Non-Compete is Unenforceable

In Maryland, non-compete agreements are enforceable if the agreements are reasonable. However, if the scope and/or duration are unreasonable or the non-compete agreement causes an undue hardship on the employee, the agreement may be unenforceable.

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Employer Looses, Must Pay Employees for Short Breaks

Employer Looses, Must Pay Employees for Short Breaks

An employer refused to pay employees for any breaks lasting more than 90 seconds.

Twice now, this selfish employer lost in court, first before the trial court and just recently before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Employment lawyers have seized on this case, writing blogs on it as if it were some huge, unexpected employer loss.

The U.S. Department of Labor has long held that “[r]est periods of short duration, running from 5 minutes to about 20 minutes … must be counted as hours worked. Compensable time of rest periods may not be offset against other working time such as compensable waiting time or on-call time.”

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Reporting Harassment in the Workplace is Seldom an Easy Thing to Do

Reporting Harassment in the Workplace is Seldom an Easy Thing to Do

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, undoubtedly with good intentions, has issued a short web posting: “What to Do if You Believe You Have Been Harassed at Work.”

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Partner Attorney Richard Neuworth Addresses Bar Association on Taxes and Employment Law

Partner Attorney Richard Neuworth Addresses Bar Association on Taxes and Employment Law

Posted on October 23, 2017 in Employment Law, Taxes

Lebau & Neuworth partner attorney Richard Neuworth was recently given the honor of making a presentation on "Taxes and Employment Law" during a conference hosted on October 5 by the Maryland State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, at the University of  Baltimore Law School.

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Employees May be Entitled to Pay for Travel Time

Employees May be Entitled to Pay for Travel Time

If an employee is required to meet at an employer’s place of business to perform job duties before traveling to a jobsite or return there at the end of the day before going home, the employer may have to pay the employee for his or her travel time.

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It is YOUR Duty to Mitigate – And You Could Be Sorry If You Don’t

It is YOUR Duty to Mitigate – And You Could Be Sorry If You Don’t

You could have a rock-solid discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation case,  or even a breach of contract case, and win at trial and (surprise) recover absolutely nothing if you fail to look for another job – what the law calls “mitigate damages.”

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Whistleblower Protections Don't Show Up in The Funny Pages!

Whistleblower Protections Don't Show Up in The Funny Pages!

Legal protections for Whistleblowers are no laughing matter.

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Fourth Circuit Issues Important False Claims Act Decision

Fourth Circuit Issues Important False Claims Act Decision

In US ex rel. Badr v. Triple Canopy, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which includes Maryland, issued an important decision regarding the Federal False Claims Act (FCA). The FCA provides that any person who knowingly submits false claims for payment to the government may be liable for double the government’s damages, plus a penalty of between $5,500 to $11,000 per false claim.

This is an important case because it establishes the potential for FCA liability where government contractors submit invoices for payment to the United States while knowing they have not satisfied the core requirements of their contract.

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New Sick And Safe Leave Law is Good News for Employees in Montgomery County

A new law that went into effect in October 2016 requires most employers in Montgomery County to provide earned sick and safe leave to employees for work performed in the county.

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Maryland and Montgomery County Increase Minimum Wage

Maryland’s minimum wage has now been rasied to $9.25 per hour, a 50-cent increase, as part of incremental increases approved in 2014 by Governorner Martni O'Malley to take place over several years. Next year, the minimum wage is set to increase to $10.10 per hour.

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