On July 1, 2018, the minimum wage rate for Maryland increases to $10.10 and the minimum wage rates for Montgomery County increases to $12.25 for employers with 51 or more employees and $12.00 for employers with 50 or fewer employees.
There is a lot of confusion about when and why employers are allowed to fire their employees. From the employee’s side, most employees believe (incorrectly) that if an employer can’t prove that the employee did something…
Before contacting Luchansky Law about a possible case against my former employer regarding unpaid wages and a hostile work environment, I contacted two other well-known law firms in the Baltimore-Metropolitan Area, neither of which ever fulfilled their respective promises to call me back. And I’m now thankful that they didn’t! Their lack of professionalism resulted in a close friend recommending that I schedule a consultation with Mr. Millman, a recommendation for which I’ll forever be indebted.
Ms. Menchel, the front desk receptionist, was very polite and didn’t ask the usual screening questions in the petulant tone to which I had become accustomed during my search for legal representation; on the contrary, she was pleasantly neutral and concise. She also extended me the courtesy of a reminder call about my scheduled consultation with Mr. Millman, which was much more than I had received from the two previous law firms. Upon arriving at Mr. Millman’s office in Towson, Ms. Menchel greeted me and prepared me a cup of hot tea; I also received a warm greeting and a smile from Mr. Millman himself, and I immediately felt at ease.
During our one hour consultation (I believe it may have lasted longer than that), this sense of ease only flourished as I came to realize that Mr. Millman had a genuine interest in my case, as opposed to a solely monetary one. He listened to my claims attentively and shared his legal expertise in a comprehensible manner; he asked pertinent questions and offered insightful commentary in response to my earnest answers; and, above all, he was honest when highlighting the strongpoints and pitfalls of my case, without ever failing to be exceedingly polite. (As someone who detests the modern bent toward informality, I can truly appreciate a person who still practices common courtesy.) All of these small gestures reinforced my growing belief that Mr. Millman would be a knowledgeable and trustworthy ally in my pursuit of justice, and his advice—when either solicited or freely given—would be both generous and sound. Unsurprisingly, this belief solidified itself into fact over the next six months, during which Mr. Millman was my attorney and was able to bring my potentially six-year-long case to a felicitous conclusion.
I don’t think that such a favorable result would’ve been possible without Mr. Millman’s unwavering dedication and sure guidance (he even went so far as to do me the kindness of representing me in my unemployment hearing and, were it not for him, I’m certain that I would’ve never secured my benefits). Also, communication was never an issue thanks in large part to the aforementioned Ms. Menchel and hitherto unmentioned Mr. Pinsky, the in-office law clerk, who merits recognition for his involvement in the initial stages of the case, as well as congratulations for completing law school. I’m grateful to all these people for not allowing me to feel abandoned or uninformed during this journey.
Finally, I would just like to say the following: even though I believe that everyone deserves respect (at least, in the most basic sense), I don’t believe that they deserve my admiration, much less praise. These things must be earned; and Mr. Millman, together with his team, has earned them—which is no small feat with someone like me, who doesn’t believe in abandoning sharp words for the sake of appropriateness or using a dull-edged vocabulary when talking about truth. I will forever be indebted to Mr. Millman, as well as to the close friend who mentioned him to me almost six months ago. My most sincere thanks to everyone for everything.