Fair Labor Standards Act

Apr 25, 2022

Timonium car dealer loses 4th Circuit bid for arbitration in wage dispute

Current or former car salespeople who allege a Timonium-based dealership cheated them of more than $1 million in commissions can pursue their lawsuit in federal court.

Jun 21, 2019

U.S. judge in Baltimore admonishes feds in fair-labor case

Saying the government cut corners, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Maryland admonished federal investigators Thursday for failing to properly authenticate purported affidavits of a Baltimore County restaurant’s kitchen and wait staff who he found were underpaid in violation of U.S. labor law. Ruling in a pretrial motion, U.S. District Judge James […]

May 10, 2019

EEOC asks high court not to review Baltimore Co. back pay ruling

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is asking the Supreme Court not to review an appellate ruling finding that back pay is mandatory upon a finding of a violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, or ADEA. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in September that back pay is mandatory, making Baltimore County […]

Apr 26, 2019

Advocacy groups file federal wage payment suit against remodeling firm

Former employees of a Halethorpe-based home remodeling company filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday accusing the business of failing to pay them adequate wages and engaging in racial discrimination. Homefix Custom Remodeling Corp. employs “lead developers” to canvass neighborhoods and to work at trade shows to encourage homeowners to make appointments with sales representatives to enter [[...]

Jun 20, 2017

Former Baltimore nonprofit employee claims he was misclassified as a contractor

A former East Baltimore Development Inc. employee claims he was intentionally misclassified as an independent contractor and deprived of benefits for several years in a federal lawsuit. Stephen M. Campbell worked for EBDI, a nonprofit organization that works to develop East Baltimore communities, between 2010 and 2015, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in […]

Apr 28, 2017

Federal jury finds wage violation in Baltimore FLSA suit

A federal jury Thursday awarded approximately $25,000 to a man who was misclassified as a salaried employee for more than six years and not paid overtime. Andre Jackson worked for ReliaSource Inc., a Baltimore technological services company, from May 2009 through the filing of the lawsuit in February 2016. The jury awarded him $27,784.62 in overtime […]

Nov 28, 2016

Former Gino’s employees allege wage violations, race-based harassment

Several former Latino employees of Gino’s Burgers & Chicken have filed a lawsuit against the local restaurant chain and its owners, alleging they were not paid for all the hours they worked and were subjected to “severe, pervasive, and unwelcome harassment” based on their race. Despite regularly working more than 40 hours per week at […]

Nov 23, 2016

Md. businesses in holding pattern with overtime rule blocked by court

A federal judge’s 11th-hour ruling that blocks new overtime pay rules means Maryland employers can keep the status quo and drop their frantic rush to meet the Dec. 1 regulations, labor and employment law experts said Wednesday. But the ruling by a Texas judge nonetheless is likely to cause confusion for many employers who already […]

Nov 21, 2016

Deadline looming for new overtime regulations

With 10 days to go until new overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act kick in, employers across Maryland should be taking a hard look at how the law will affect their business, if they haven’t already. The new regulations, which go into effect Dec. 1, set the salary threshold for non-exempt employees to $913 per […]

Oct 25, 2016

New overtime laws bringing changes to white-collar businesses

White-collar workers across the country will see a change in how their employers compensate them and handle their hours starting Dec. 1, when changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act will extend the right to overtime pay to an additional 4 million workers. At face value, the rule changes are fairly straightforward and fall under […]

Aug 16, 2016

4th Circuit: FLSA covers federal contracts even when unmentioned

The Fair Labor Standards Act enables workers on federal contracts to sue for unpaid wages even when the contracts state they are governed by laws giving only the U.S. government a right to take legal action against the contractors, a federal appeals court has ruled in reviving a lawsuit from Bethesda.

Jun 8, 2016

4th Circuit: Exotic dancers in Prince George’s Co. are employees

The owner of two Prince George’s County strip clubs owes his dancers unpaid wages because they were employees and not independent contractors -- as he had erroneously asserted -- a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

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