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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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What Behaviors are Considered Criteria for a Hostile Work Environment?

A hostile work environment claim is a workplace discrimination claim under both Maryland and federal law. The complainant must prove (i) discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, color, religion, pregnancy, age, or disability and (ii) the...

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Can I Sue My Employer For Unpaid Wages?

Both federal law and Maryland state law allows employees to file lawsuits, administrative complaints, or liens for unpaid wages. This right includes claims for regular wages and benefits and, if applicable, overtime wages. State and federal law also establishes minimum...

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Smithey Law Group LLC to celebrate second year with Open House

We are looking forward to celebrating our second year of business with an Open House in January.  Please click Read More for details.

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Joyce Smithey and Donna Rucker to speak at Luncheon Seminar held by MWLEA

“Winning Strategies for 30(b)(6) Depositions” Joyce Smithey, Managing Partner of Smithey Law Group LLC and Donna Rucker, Deputy Managing Partner of Tully Rinckey PLLC, will discuss effective strategies for taking 30(b)(6) depositions including questioning techniques, when to take them, how...

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