Author: Joyce Smithey

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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.

Know The Difference Between Workplace Bullying and Sexual Harassment

We all remember the taunts of the schoolyard bully. And certainly, we would all like to forget them! It seems some people simply cannot leave their bullying on the schoolyard. Sometimes, it’s a manager who engages in persistent workplace bullying...

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Ways for Employers to Support Disabled Employees Who Are Working from Home

Over 15% of the world’s population—that’s an estimated one billion people—are living and working with a disability. While it may be obvious that Brad in HR is in a wheelchair, many disabilities are life-altering and invisible. Failing to recruit and...

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What Are the Protections for Employees Who Report Workplace Discrimination

Each year, thousands of employees report workplace discrimination. They either bring their claims through management-approved processes or take their claims to court. However, thousands more never say a word about the harassment they endure. Often, they’re afraid of what will...

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New Year’s Resolutions for Employers

Employers are ending another year of COVID work-from-home practices and facing down another year of uncertainties. Accordingly, savvy human resources departments and employment counsel alike are resolving to create stronger workforces in 2022. While employer resolutions may sound a bit...

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Get to Know Sexual Harassment Policies and Training Around The World

Nearly every country in the world has some kind of law prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace. Global businesses and U.S. employers considering expanding overseas should be more conscious than ever of the risks posed by sexual harassment. Without robust...

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Toxic Workplace Behaviors and Discrimination Employers Should Watch Out For

Employers and employees alike are under more pressure than ever. Accordingly, more and more workers are experiencing toxic workplaces and developing burnout. In fact, more than two-thirds of American workers think that burnout has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite...

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Understanding Constructive Discharge

Employees of both large corporations and small businesses deserve respect and workplace safety. No one should have to endure bullying, harassment, or abuse at work. But sometimes, employees feel forced to resign because workplace abuse and harassment have become so...

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Can I Fire an Employee Who Brought a Gun to Work?

As an employer, you have an obligation to keep employees and guests safe in your workplace. Different people have different perspectives on safety. An employee working a late shift might feel safer having a weapon available to them as they...

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How to Make a Strong Legal Sexual Harassment Case in Maryland

Being the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace can be devastating and difficult to talk about. We’re sorry if you have experienced poor treatment at work, and we want you to remember that you have legal rights you can...

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How Should Employers Accommodate Pregnant Employees?

Building a family can be an exciting adventure. However, not all aspects of pregnancy come with excitement and joy. One comprehensive study from 2019 estimated that over 20% of pregnant people are scared to tell their bosses that they’re pregnant,...

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