Employment Lawyer with Over 17 Years of Experience Serving Individuals and Companies in Baltimore, MD
If you need legal advice or representation for an employment-related matter, you need experience you can trust. Attorney Joyce E. Smithey has well over a decade of experience working with employers and employees in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.
Joyce E. Smithey is a partner in the law firm of Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC and leader of the firm’s labor and employment practice. For more than 17 years, she has been advising Maryland businesses on appropriate employment practices and claim prevention, and representing both employers and employees in employment-related disputes and litigation. She is recognized as an authority on employment law in Maryland, and she provides savvy, forward-looking representation for companies and individuals in Baltimore and throughout the State of Maryland.
Services and Experience
Ms. Smithey’s employment and labor law experience includes working with private employers as well as both private and public sector employees. She has extensive knowledge of both Maryland and federal employment law, and she has represented clients in several highly publicized cases in both state and federal court. When advising employers, Ms. Smithey focuses on mitigating their risk exposure while finding cost-effective solutions to their legal needs. As an advocate for employees in Baltimore, MD, she takes an aggressive and all-encompassing approach to standing up for their legal rights.
Ms. Smithey regularly advises employers and handles cases in Baltimore and throughout Maryland in the following areas:
- Class Actions
- Disability Accommodations
- Employment Contract and Severance Negotiations
- Equal Pay Act
- Medical Leave
- Representation of Public Sector Employees
- Restrictive Covenants and Non-Competes
- Retaliation and Reprisal
- Sexual Harassment
- Wage and Hour Issues
- WARN Act Violations
- Workplace Privacy
- Wrongful Discharge
- Certified Mediator in Employment Disputes
Learn more about attorney Joyce Smithey’s areas of practice.
FAQs: Common Questions from Maryland Employers
1. How can I limit my company’s exposure to employment-related claims and litigation?
Employers in Maryland are subject to a wide range of state and federal employment and labor laws. Mitigating claim exposure requires development and active implementation of a customized and comprehensive compliance program focused on policy documentation, procedural enforcement, and employee education.
2. When is an employee entitled to take job-protected medical leave?
Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), private employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide unpaid, job-protected medical leave to eligible employees with qualifying medical conditions. Knowing when employees are entitled to take protected leave and how to implement an appropriate certification policy requires a thorough understanding of several key provisions of the FMLA.
3. What disability accommodations are employers required to provide in Maryland?
Employers in Baltimore, MD are subject to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Amendments Accessibility Guidelines, and certain other Maryland-specific requirements. Similar to FMLA compliance, disability law compliance requires a comprehensive approach guided by a clear understanding of all of the various laws and guidelines that apply.
FAQs: Common Questions from Maryland Employees
1. What are my rights if I lost my job or got passed over for a promotion on a discriminatory basis?
State and federal laws protect employees in Baltimore, MD against discharge and other employment-related decisions made on the basis of age, disability, family responsibilities, genetic status, marital status, national origin, political opinion, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. If you believe you may be a victim of discrimination in the workplace, it is important that you speak with an attorney right away.
2. I am being subjected to sexual harassment at work. What are my rights?
Sexual harassment is considered a form of discrimination, and it is not tolerated under the law. Employers in Baltimore, MD must take appropriate measures to provide their employees with safe work environments; if you are being harassed at work, you need to stand up for your legal rights.
3. My employment contract contains a non-competition clause. What can I do for work?
Under Maryland law, only certain non-competition clauses are enforceable. If your employment contract contains a non-compete, one of the first questions you need to address is whether it is likely to hold up in court. Attorney Joyce Smithey has extensive experience dealing with non-compete issues in Maryland and can help you assess your options.
Schedule a Confidential Consultation with Maryland Employment Lawyer Joyce E. Smithey
To find out more about employers’ obligations and employees’ rights in Maryland, contact attorney Joyce E. Smithey for a confidential consultation. To schedule an appointment, call (410) 269-5066 or get in touch online today.