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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.

COVID-19: What Employers Need to Know

The word “unprecedented” seems to have been used more in the year 2020 than in any other time in our history – and for good reason. The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event in modern times and continues to be...

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Flynn Law Group LLC, Smithey Law Group LLC Announce Formal Affiliation

Ellen Flynn and Joyce Smithey are excited to announce a formal affiliation between Flynn Law Group, LLC and Smithey Law Group, LLC. Ellen Flynn and Joyce Smithey are excited to announce a formal affiliation between Flynn Law Group, LLC and...

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Maryland Employment Laws Legislative Wrap-Up for 2020

Joyce Smithey to speak at the Maryland Employment Laws Legislative Wrap-Up for 2020 Read the article here.

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Smithey Law Group Hotline Event on employment matters related to COVID-19

The attorneys at Smithey Law Group are offering free legal advice on employment matters related to COVID-19 during our hotline event on Friday, April 10, from noon to 4:00 pm. We are ready to answer your questions regarding state emergency...

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How do you Deal with Unfair Treatment at Work?

In an ideal world, we would all be able to work in places where we genuinely felt valued, appreciated, and respected by our employers and our co-workers. People would treat one another fairly, and workplaces would be spaces in which...

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What Is the Average Settlement for a Discrimination Lawsuit?

Each and every one of us is unique. That’s a simple and undeniable truth. No two people anywhere in the world are exactly alike. Though this is true, and though we are all unique in our own ways, we all...

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What Is a Reasonable Severance Package?

If you have recently lost your job, or if losing your job seems to be on the horizon you may be feeling any number of emotions - stress, confusion, even panic. On the other side of the coin, if you...

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What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Out of Court Settlements?

Ultimately, legal matters can be resolved in a wide variety of ways. Sometimes, resolution involves litigating the matter from the initial filing of the suit all the way through a jury verdict or a bench trial. In other cases, the...

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What’s Required to Prove Discrimination in the Workplace?

To prove workplace discrimination, you must establish that (i) you are a member of a protected class, (ii) your employer is covered by the law that your claim is based on, and (iii) you suffered either “disparate treatment” or “disparate...

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Can a Company Refuse to Pay Commission?

Although the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not apply to the payment of commissions, the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law does. To win, you will need to prove that there was a commission agreement or understanding between...

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