Even if you signed a separation agreement with your former employer, you may still have a case for owed wages, including overtime pay, under Maryland wage laws and/or the federal Fair Labor Standards Act because of a recent Maryland federal court ruling.
In Johnson v. CRC Holdings, Inc., Civil No. JKB-16-2937, the Maryland federal court rejected an employer’s attempt to dismiss an overtime claim by its former employee.
Therefore, a worker can still pursue in Court his or her entitlement to overtime pay and wages for all hours worked, even if the employer required the worker to sign a document say that such claims were waived or released.Read More
Lebau & Neuworth attorneys Richard P. Neuworth and Devan M. Wang were honored with the publishing of two very important articles they co-authored in the 2017 Special Issue of the Trial Reporter, the journal of the Maryland Association for Justice. In each expose, Richard and Devan examine a case vital to the people of the State of Maryland and some of their specific contractual rights regarding personal injury and compensation.Read More
When an employee is wronged by their employee benefit plan, such as a health care plan or life insurance plan, the employee may want to file a lawsuit in state court -- because state laws generally allow for more diverse remedies and greater damages than those allowed for under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”). However, employees may not be able to file a lawsuit in state court because ERISA controls, or “preempts,” all state laws to the extent that they relate to employer-sponsored plans.Read More
An independent contractor is generally thought of as someone who is compensated by another party without withholdings and taxes and who also is paid a fixed amount for a specific job or task. Cable TV installers, painters and manual laborers often are paid as independent contractors.Read More
A recent Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report article, citing Lebau & Neuworth attorney Steven Lebau, states, “Whether they work on the management side or the worker side of labor and employment law, the attorneys contacted by Bloomberg BNA touted the advantages of boutiques (small law firms such as Lebau & Neuworth) for both lawyers and clients. They said the lawyers collaborate more and are able to offer high-quality and expert services at lower prices.”Read More
Sweeping new regulations issued from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, have several key preliminary definitional terms that require a hospital or practice group to report an employee to the Maryland Board of Physicians in certain situations from which he or she may face discipline and never be able to get another job.Read More
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently posted a new "Workplace Rights" document for employees and job applicants with mental-health conditions.Read More
In December 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) won a major victory for employees in EEOC v. Costco Wholesale Corp., especially those working in the service industry. Importantly, the case underscores the fact that all employees are entitled to a safe, secure and fair workplace free of sexual harassment, including harassment by customers that an employer is aware of and fails to remedy.Read More
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released its 2016 Fiscal Year (FY) Performance Report. The report outlines the EEOC’s accomplishments in FY 2016, which ran from October 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016.Read More
Lebau & Neuworth attorneys frequently represent current and former employees at all levels -- from top executive to factory-floor workers -- in whistleblowing claims under the False Claims Act. We have at least two cases now under Department of Justice Review, and in 2015 we settled a client’s False Claims Act case against the former employer for nearly $15 million.Read More