A Lower Hurdle for Federal Employees

In a recent decision, the United States Supreme Court held that federal employees face a lower hurdle in proving age discrimination than those in the private sector. In an 8-1 decision in Babb v. Wilkie, 18-882 (October Term 2019), the Court reverse… Read More
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The Maryland Commission on Civil Rights - The Basics

​​The Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (“MCCR”) enforces Maryland’s employment law that guarantees equal opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientati… Read More
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MCCR and EEOC "Work-Sharing Agreement"

The Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (“MCCR”) is the Maryland state agency equivalent to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). Although the MCCR was created to enforce Maryland’s laws against… Read More
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EEOC versus MCCR: Taking Your Case to Court

The following article will be the first in a series discussing cases filed with the United States Equal Employment Commission (“EEOC”) and the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (“MCCR”). One interesting difference between th… Read More
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Maryland Federal Court Allows Plaintiff's Retaliation Claim to Proceed Despite not "checking the box" on the EEOC Charge

In Loconte v. Montgomery County, No. PWG-17-2052, 2018 BL 273880 (D. Md. Aug. 01, 2018), Defendant Montgomery County, Maryland (the “County”) hired Plaintiff Anthony Loconte as a Hazmat Permitting Program Manager in July 2005 and termin… Read More
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Case Analysis: What is Discoverable in Litigation?

In litigation, opposing parties can sometimes get carried away with the quantity and quality of the information requested in discovery, raising doubts about the relevancy and necessity of the requested information.  In Terrell v. Memphis Zoo, Inc.,… Read More
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Federal Court Allows Parties to Shorten Limitations Periods by Contract

In Bracey v. Lancaster Foods, LLC, No. RDB-17-1826, 2018 BL 112613 (D. Md. Mar. 30, 2018), the Maryland Federal Court reiterated the rule that statutory limitations periods may be shortened by agreement, so long as the limitations period is not unrea… Read More
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The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Yesterday, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (“HWFA”). The HWFA requires employers with 15 or more workers to provide paid sick leave to employees who work at least 12 hours per week. Employers with… Read More
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Hostile Work Environment on the Basis of Gender

Related to the previous post, in Churchill v. Prince George’s Cty. Pub. Sch., the plaintiff also brought a claim for a hostile work environment based on her gender under Title VII and the MFEPA. In order to successfully bring such a claim, a… Read More
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Maryland Federal Court Dismisses Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claims

In Churchill v. Prince George’s Cty. Pub. Sch., No. PWG-17-980, 2017 BL 430226 (D. Md. Dec. 01, 2017), the plaintiff brought claims of discrimination based on sexual orientation under Title VII and the Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act (&#… Read More
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