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Joyce Smithey, Esq., in the News

Delivery Drivers at Pat’s Select Pizzerias Claim They Were Illegally Underpaid

“A Newark-area man is part of a group of pizza delivery drivers pursuing a class-action lawsuit against a local chain they say is cheating a largely immigrant workforce out of proper pay.” Read the complete article here.

A Year After #MeToo, Execs Say They’re Shaping Up

“Sexual harassment in the workplace isn’t just unpleasant for about half the workforce. It costs a company money in terms of lower morale and decreased engagement, which in turn can ramp down productivity, according to a survey from the Society of Human Resource Management.” Read the complete article here.

Rifkin Weiner alumna opens own employment law practice

“A longtime labor and employment law attorney has opened her own firm in Annapolis after more than a decade at Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC.” Read the complete article here.

Smithey Law Group Listed in Baltimore Business Journal “Companies On The Move”

“Smithey Law Group LLC, a law practice focusing exclusively on employment law, has opened in West Annapolis. Led by partner and founder Joyce Smithey, the practice covers issues related to wages, discrimination, sexual harassment and abuse, contract and severance negotiations, equal pay, medical leave and more.” Read the complete article here.

Smithey Law Group Listed in Washington Business Journal “Companies On The Move”

“Smithey Law Group LLC, a law practice focusing exclusively on employment law, has opened in West Annapolis. Led by partner and founder Joyce Smithey, the practice covers issues related to wages, discrimination, sexual harassment and abuse, contract and severance negotiations, equal pay, medical leave and more.” Read the complete article here.

Pat’s Select Pizza Facing Wage and Hour Suit Filed by Delivery Drivers, Cook

“A lawsuit has been filed against the companies and individuals who operate Pat’s Select Pizza/Grill locations across Maryland and Pennsylvania accusing the defendants of unlawful pay practices.” Read the complete article here.

Capital Gazette – Anne Arundel businesses debate new overtime rule

“Joyce Smithey, a labor and employment lawyer in Annapolis, said she’s already receiving calls from employers and employees since the executive action went into effect … as to how it affects them.” Read the complete article here.

FenderBender – Overtime Pay: Who Gets It?

Joyce Smithey quoted in article “Overtime Pay: Who Gets It? Read the article here.

New York Times – Experts Question Casinos’ Plan to Prevent Sexual Harassment

Joyce Smithey quoted in The Associate Press article “Experts Question Casinos’ Plan to Prevent Sexual Harassment” which was published in US News. (USNews.com – 3/9/2018) Read the article here.

USNews – Sexual Misconduct Often Part of the Job in Hospitality Work

Joyce Smithey quoted in “Sexual Misconduct Often Part of the Job in Hospitality Work” (USNews.com – 12/10/2017) Read the article here.

Baltimore SmartCEO – 2016 Centers of Influence Awards Honoree

“Joyce E. Smithey named by Baltimore SmartCEO as one of the 2016 Centers of Influence Awards Honorees.” She is being honored at the 2016 Baltimore Centers of Influence Awards event. Read the article here.

BREACH OF EMPLOYMENT LAWSUIT

“Former Head of Christian-College Group Sues Over His Abrupt Dismissal”  (By Goldie Blumenstyk – The Chronicle of Higher Education-2/13/2014)   Read the article here.

An Argument to Turn to Jesus Before the Bar” (New York Times -2/28/2014)  Read the article here.

FIREFIGHTER CLAIMS GENDER BIAS

“Former firefighter sues Sykesville department” (By Brett Lake-Carroll County Times – 5-23-2013)  Read the article here.

“Woman Firefighter Sues Her Employer” (WBAL – 5/23/2013) Read the article here.

“Fired Md. Firefighter Claims Gender Bias” (StarDem.com – 5/24/2013)  Read the article here.

“Sykesville fire company files response to discrimination lawsuit” (Carroll County Times – 5/29/2013) Read the article here.

FORMER ASSISTANT COUNTY ATTORNEY ALLEGES POLITICAL FIRING

“Former Frederick Co. worker alleges political firing” (Daily Record- 1/10/2014) Read the article here.

“County settled wrongful termination lawsuit” (Daily Record- 1/10/2014) Read the article here.

“Frederick County attorney rehired after settlement agreement ” (Daily Record- 7/15/2015) Read the article here.

AGE DISCRIMINATION

Joyce Smithey quoted in The Baltimore Sun about Judge’s ruling that Balto. Co. pension system discriminates based on age:“To the extent that employers are going to be creating early-retirement plans, they’re going to be looking very closely at this opinion to make sure they do it correctly.” Read the article here.

CHRISTIAN SCHOOL LAWSUIT

“Annapolis Area Christian School Facing Harassment, Retaliation LawsuitRead the article here.

“Christian School Superintendent Sued” Read the article here.

FIREFIGHTERS ALLEGE MISCONDUCT

Odenton fire lawsuit is settled. Read the article here.

“County Settles Sex Abuse Lawsuit” (The Capital 5/24/2009) please click here.

“Odenton fire lawsuit is settled’ (Balt. Sun 12/20/2009)

“Two former volunteer firefighters allege misconduct by ex-president Please click here.

TEACHER ACCUSES GILMAN SCHOOL

Teacher Accuses Gilman School of running good “ol” boy network in court. Read the article here.

QUOTES IN THE MEDIA

Joyce Smithey quoted in the Washington Post on 10/30/2009 about Washington D.C. school’s layoff of teachers:“…if the evidence shows that the chancellor hired employees in bad faith, then the question is whether she did so with the goal of forcing a layoff of older employees. If that’s the case, then any admission about advanced knowledge of budget troubles could be damaging.” Please click here.

CLIENT’S BOOK PUBLISHED

Silent Blue Tears, a former client’s book about her suit against the police force she had been a part of for twenty years. Find the book here

INTERVIEWS

Ms. Smithey interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered Regarding the Fight for Understanding for People with Invisible Disabilities. Read the article here