Author: Joyce Smithey

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Articles written by Joyce Smithey

Joyce Smithey, a seasoned employment and labor law attorney, has over 22 years of experience representing both employers and employees in Maryland and D.C. Her practice, rooted in a deep understanding of employment law, spans administrative hearings to federal litigation. Joyce's approach is comprehensive, focusing on protecting client interests while ensuring legal compliance. A Harvard graduate, her career began in Fortune 500 companies, transitioning to law after a degree from Boston University School of Law. Joyce's expertise is recognized by numerous awards, including Maryland’s Top 100 Women. At Smithey Law Group LLC, which she founded in 2018, Joyce continues to champion employment rights, drawing on her rich background in law and business.

What Happens to Employees During Mergers and Acquisitions?

Whether you are an employee on the buyer or target side of a merger and acquisition, one word that likely comes to mind is uncertainty. Any merger & acquisition will come with some form of change potentially drastically affecting the...

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Workplace Sexual Harassment as a Contractor or Temporary Employee

If you are wondering what your rights might be if you are the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace but not a permanent employee, you have come to the right place. While most federal and state employment laws, such...

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What Happens to Equity When You Leave a Company?

Whether you intend to stay at your current company for a few years or forever, it is always essential to understand what happens to your equity when you leave a company. The truth is that unforeseen things happen, and being...

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How Do You Prove Breach of Fiduciary Duty?

A breach of fiduciary duty is a serious, complex, and often challenging matter. Familiarizing yourself with the law, examples, and burden of proof in these actions can give you a better understanding of what to expect. If you believe an...

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Discrimination in Remote Work Environments

With the move to remote work over the last three years, most employees have embraced new digital communications tools, increased their productivity, and expanded their networks. Unfortunately, some employees have taken advantage of these new, unmonitored, one-on-one communication channels to...

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Sexual Harassment in Remote Work Environments

When the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread in the winter and spring of 2020, many businesses maintained their operations by enacting work-from-home policies. Nearly three years later, many companies have recognized the benefits of remote employment for both the company...

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Employee Rights During On-Call Employment

If you employ on-call workers for some period of time during the work week, you will want to have a strong understanding of employee rights during on-call employment. Business owners, human resources professionals, and operations managers need to be aware...

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Can I Be Fired If I File a Lawsuit Against My Employer?

Sometimes, businesses, organizations, and agencies engage in practices that violate employment laws. And if you are on the receiving end of unlawful employer actions, you might be asking, “Can I be fired if I file a lawsuit against my employer?”...

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How to Get Out of an Employment Contract

By default, employment in Maryland is at-will. At-will employment means an employer can fire you at any time for almost any reason (or no reason) if you do not have an employment contract that says otherwise. If you are one...

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Can I Sue for Discrimination As a Job Applicant?

Maybe you already know that you have rights against discrimination in your workplace, but what about the discrimination you might encounter while job hunting? Are you asking, “Can I sue for discrimination as a job applicant?” The answer is yes,...

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