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.

How Are Wrongful Termination Settlement Values Calculated?

If your employer terminated you for unlawful reasons, you have a right to seek remedies. Unfortunately, initiating a legal dispute between you and an employer can be exhausting no matter how strong your case is. The toll litigation can take...

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Three Steps to Do in Implementing New Anti-sexual Harassment Training

Business leaders want a workplace that is efficient and focused, yet collegial and welcoming. Getting the right balance between these two office culture goals can have a big impact on a company’s all-around success. A significant step to achieving that...

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Discrimination: How Can I Recognize Ageism in the Workplace?

Ageism in the workplace is a form of illegal discrimination that is prohibited under both federal and state law. More specifically, ageism laws prohibit discrimination against people aged 40 or older. An employer may favor an older worker over a...

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Do Employers Have the Power to Shorten Discrimination Claim Deadlines?

Everyone loves getting a new job. A new position comes with a terrific feeling of accomplishment. However, new jobs often require you to complete lots of paperwork. Employers frequently ask new hires to accept or agree to certain employment processes...

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Signs You Should Know That Show You Were Wrongfully Terminated

If you’ve recently lost your job, we know this is a hard time for you. Maybe you saw it coming, or maybe the termination came out of nowhere. Either way, it’s important to know your rights in these situations. When...

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Best Practices in Investigating Sexual Harassment Allegations

Sexual harassment persists today in the workplace despite many positive changes in both employment laws and workplace culture. When your business is faced with a sexual harassment allegation, handling an investigation requires skill. Using best practices in investigating sexual harassment...

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How Can Employers Support Hidden Disabilities in the Workplace?

If you’re reading this article, it’s clear you care about morale in your workplace and the wellbeing of your employees. That’s a great place to start for any work environment. An important factor in fostering a productive work environment is...

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The Difference Between Unfair Termination and Wrongful Termination

Losing a job or having to fire someone is not easy. Maryland is an “at-will” employment state, meaning either the employee or employer can end the relationship at any time and for any reason. While this may seem straightforward, the...

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What Employers Should Know About #MeToo Effects on Sexual Harassment Litigation

The #MeToo movement brought awareness to the problem of sexual abuse and harassment, particularly within the workplace. This social movement opened the door for victims to report incidences of sexual harassment, misconduct, and violence at the hands of their supervisors...

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Religious Discrimination: Employees That Are Part of Religious Organizations May Not Be Protected

You probably already understand that many employers can’t punish an employee just because the employee fits within certain protected characteristics, such as religion, race, color, national origin, sex, gender, age (40 or older under federal law), disability, and genetic information....

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