Recent Hostile Work Environment Claim Loses in Maryland Federal Court

To establish a hostile work environment claim in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a Plaintiff must show that: (1) he experienced unwelcome harassment; (2) the harassment was based on sex; (3) the harassment was sufficiently se… Read More
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Landscape Laborers' FLSA Claims Survive Motion to Dismiss

In Aviles-Cervantes v. Outside Unlimited, Inc., No. CV RDB-16-1214, 2017 WL 3916985 (D. Md. Sept. 7, 2017), Plaintiffs alleged, inter alia, that Defendant Outside Unlimited failed to pay workers for approximately 1–2 hours of work per day for ti… Read More
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Recent Court of Appeals Decision Clarifies Important Points of the FMLA - Part 2

Continuing from our Part 1 article, in Waag v. Sotera Defense Sols. Inc., 2017 BL 163037, 4th Cir., No. 15-2521, 5/16/17), Waag also argues that Sotera interfered with his FMLA rights by terminating him a little more than one month after his return… Read More
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Recent Court of Appeals Decision Clarifies Important Points of the FMLA - Part 1

In Waag v. Sotera Defense Sols. Inc., 2017 BL 163037, 4th Cir., No. 15-2521, 5/16/17), Gary Waag brought an action alleging that his former employer, Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc., violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), 29… Read More
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Maryland's Highest Court Dismisses Wrongful Termination Claim

The Maryland Court of Appeals in Yuan v. Johns Hopkins University refused to recognize the federal regulations prohibiting research misconduct as a clear “public policy” that can support a tort claim for wrongful termination of employment. The… Read More
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Maryland Federal Court Reinforces View Regarding Disability Accommodations in Employment

In Townes v. Md. Dep’t of Juvenile Svcs., the plaintiff alleged that her employer, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, violated her rights under the Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act (“MFEPA”), by not providing a rea… Read More
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Federal Appeals Court Allows Homosexual Employee's Discrimination Claim

Overview Plaintiff Matthew Christiansen filed suit against his employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 alleging that he was subjected to various forms of workplace discrimination due to his failure to conform to gender stereotypes. … Read More
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Employer Successfully Defeats FMLA Interference Claim

In Quigley v. Meritus Health, Inc., in the Federal District Court in Maryland, an employer successfully defeated an ex-employee’s claim for FMLA interference.   The Facts Plaintiff Margaret Quigley worked as an ultrasound technician at Meritu… Read More
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United States Court of Appeals' New FLSA Test: Part 2

On the same day that the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued the Salinas opinion in our previous post, the Court also issued the following opinion further clarifying and applying the new test. In Hall, et al. v. Albrecht, e… Read More
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United States Court of Appeals' New FLSA Test: Part 1

In Salinas, et al. v. Commercial Interiors, Inc., No. 15-1915 (4th Cir. Jan. 25, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a new test for determining a “joint employer” under the FLSA. FACTS J.I. General Contractors,… Read More
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