General Employment Matters

Maryland’s Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act of 2018, which awaits Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature, imposes stricter waiver and disclosure requirements regarding sexual harassment on Maryland employers beginning on October 1, 2018.  The bill was passed by both houses of the Maryland General Assembly and a Governor’s veto is not anticipated.

The bill impacts

Volvo Group North America, LLC will pay $70,000 and institute a three-year consent decree to resolve a federal disability discrimination suit brought by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC).

According to the suit, Volvo made a conditional job offer to a qualified applicant for a laborer position at its Hagerstown, Maryland facility.  The applicant,

David Miller, a litigator from Sydney, Australia, helpfully wrote about the workers comp decision from Australia which we discussed last week where an employer was found liable for injuries sustained from a falling chandelier by an employee who was traveling for work and had "wild sex" in her motel room:  

"And now the case is off to our High Court – the equivalent

Is bad credit an accurate predictor of employee trustworthiness or reliability?  Or is it discriminatory?  We first discussed this in 2011, before the great debates began. 

See link: https://employmentdiscrimination.foxrothschild.com/2011/02/articles/another-category/careful-how-you-use-those-credit-checks-they-could-be-discriminatory/

The New York Times today has a great article, "The Long Shadow of Bad Credit," that nicely illustrates the on-going debate about credit checks and trustworthiness, and the proliferation