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Employment Law

Our lawyer represents clients in all matters relating to employment and labor law, including sexual harassment, discrimination, compensation, non-compete agreements, academic issues, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Federal service regulatory law. In addition, Mindy Farber represents clients in the related areas of constitutional law, business law, and civil litigation.

For more information about a practice area, please click on the heading.

Age Discrimination

Many of our clients are employees who have performed well for their employers over the years who are now being pushed out of the company as their salaries and benefit costs become higher. Few employers say, "I'm going to discriminate against you because of your age." Instead, discrimination is couched in code words such as, "Aren't you ready for retirement?" and "Why do you work so hard?" and "The company wants to bring in new blood."

Race, Religious And National Origin Discrimination

In our post-9/11 world, race, religious, and national origin discrimination are becoming more prevalent in the workplace. Much of this discrimination is based on clothing styles and appearances. Head gear, turbans, veils, beards, and dreadlocks, which might have a religious connotation are banned by some employers. Some employees are fired for their accents or for not speaking English, even when speaking English is not a requirement of the job. Others are fired or disciplined for religious observances, such as leaving work early for Sabbath.

Sex And Pregnancy Discrimination

Gender and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace are often based on stereotyping. A woman who is aggressive is often treated differently from a male who is aggressive. A woman who is pregnant may not be perceived as a good worker because she may have to take time off from work for maternity leave or to care for sick children in the future.

Americans With Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects workers who have disabilities, including mental disabilities such depression, from discrimination in the workplace. If you have suffered wrongful termination or other adverse employment action due to your disability, you may be entitled to compensation.

Sexual Harassment

In the past, many people thought of sexual harassment as a supervisor asking for sexual favors as a condition for a job consideration. However, harassment can take many forms. It often has less to do with sex and more to do with intimidation.

Leave And Benefit Issues

One of the important protections of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is that it keeps your job secure while you are taking time off work to care for yourself or a family member. However, many employers fail to let employees know when they can take FMLA time. Some employers even disregard FMLA by wrongfully terminating an employee before he or she has taken the 12 weeks of leave to which employees are entitled each year.

Commission Disputes

Commissions, bonuses, and deferred income are wages and must be paid to the employee when they normally should be paid — even if the employee is no longer on the company payroll. Employers who withhold commissions and other wages in Maryland can face damages that include attorney fees and treble damages (three times the amount owed). The District of Columbia has similar protections.

Overtime Issues

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act employees must receive at least minimum wage for all hours worked during a workweek. They must be paid overtime compensation (equal to no less than one and one-half their regular rate of pay) for all work hours in excess of 40 each workweek.

Employment Agreements

Our attorneys often advise employees at the beginning and at their end of their employment. At the beginning we review and negotiate employment contracts and noncompete agreements. At the end, we may advise employees about whether they should accept a severance agreement or about the impact of any noncompete agreement they signed.

Federal Employee Issues

At Farber Legal in Rockville/North Bethesda, Maryland, our lawyers represent employees of the federal government throughout Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area. We are one of the few Maryland employment and labor law firms dealing extensively with federal government related matters, such as Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) hearings and Office of Personnel Management hearings.

Wrongful Termination

Maryland is an at-will state. This means than an employer in Maryland can terminate an employee at any time with or without cause. However, an employer may not discharge an employee for an illegal or unlawful reason, such as discrimination based on age, race, sex, or religion.

Formation And Corporate Dissolutions

Individuals who conduct business under a sole-proprietorship or general partnership place unnecessary risk on their personal assets. Most of this risk can be limited by conducting business through a separate entity, a corporation. In addition, Maryland allows individuals to conduct business pursuant to a statutory Limited Liability Company (LLC).

Small-Business And Larger Corporate Employment Concerns

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers all private employers, state and local government employers, and educational institutions that employ 15 or more individuals. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) covers employers with 20 or more employees. These laws also cover private and public employment agencies, labor organizations, and joint labor management committees controlling apprenticeship and training.

For more information, contact an employment lawyer at Farber Legal. We offer an initial consultation at a discounted fee. We represent clients in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area, including Rockville and North Bethesda.

MINDY G. FARBER RATED AS AV WITH MARTINDALE HUBBELL

Occasionally Martindale-Hubbell, the premier rater of attorneys in the United States, reevaluates attorneys who have been in practice for a number of years. Ms. Farber is proud to announce that on the basis of Martindale Hubbell’s confidential surveying of attorneys in her field as well as other practicing attorneys, Ms. Farber has received the very highest positive rating.

AV rated
Preeminent TM
Meets Very High Criteria of General Ethical Standards? Yes
AV
Overall Peer Rating
in Labor and Employment, Consumer Law and Litigation

Posted by a Private Practice Lawyer on 07/13/15 5.0 out of 5.0

Ms. Farber is an excellent attorney and a very compassionate human being. That is why for quite a number of years, I have referred my client's employee claim matters to her and no one else. She has always represented them in a first class fashion and I have never heard one complaint. I highly recommend her for the highest rating possible.

Hi Mindy,
I am retiring on April 3rd, so I don't have too many days left! I will miss working with you as you are one of the finest attorneys I have ever dealt with during my 40 year (Federal) career.

- Lori Suto Goldsby, Head of Mediation Services, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

 

“First and foremost, I want to thank you very much for all of your help with my case. As you know, you came recommended through a friend whose cousin works at the Montgomery County Police Department. I was aware of your reputation, but having experienced it personally, I can say I am extremely impressed.”

- M. Brown Washington, DC

 

Dear Ms. Farber,
It was a pleasure speaking with you on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. I have had a career in law enforcement, over 38 years' experience as a private investigator, and I am currently employed as a Federal EEO Investigator. Never before have I had the pleasure of an attorney putting forth the effort that you have displayed in returning my phone call, and establishing a relationship that causes me to look forward to our continued professional communications. Your extensive 38 years' experience and accomplishments certainly have not dimmed your enthusiasm, and I appreciate it.

- Sincerely,
Robert A. Bolton, EEO Investigator, Office of Resolution Management, La Plata, MD 20646

 

Hi Mindy,
I am retiring on April 3rd, so I don't have too many days left! I will miss working with you as you are one of the finest attorneys I have ever dealt with during my 40 year (Federal) career.

- Lori Suto Goldsby, Head of Mediation Services, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

 

“First and foremost, I want to thank you very much for all of your help with my case. As you know, you came recommended through a friend whose cousin works at the Montgomery County Police Department. I was aware of your reputation, but having experienced it personally, I can say I am extremely impressed.”

- M. Brown Washington, DC

 

Dear Ms. Farber,
It was a pleasure speaking with you on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. I have had a career in law enforcement, over 38 years' experience as a private investigator, and I am currently employed as a Federal EEO Investigator. Never before have I had the pleasure of an attorney putting forth the effort that you have displayed in returning my phone call, and establishing a relationship that causes me to look forward to our continued professional communications. Your extensive 38 years' experience and accomplishments certainly have not dimmed your enthusiasm, and I appreciate it.

- Sincerely,
Robert A. Bolton, EEO Investigator, Office of Resolution Management, La Plata, MD 20646

 

Hi Mindy,
I am retiring on April 3rd, so I don't have too many days left! I will miss working with you as you are one of the finest attorneys I have ever dealt with during my 40 year (Federal) career.

- Lori Suto Goldsby, Head of Mediation Services, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

 

“First and foremost, I want to thank you very much for all of your help with my case. As you know, you came recommended through a friend whose cousin works at the Montgomery County Police Department. I was aware of your reputation, but having experienced it personally, I can say I am extremely impressed.”

- M. Brown Washington, DC

 

Dear Ms. Farber,
It was a pleasure speaking with you on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. I have had a career in law enforcement, over 38 years' experience as a private investigator, and I am currently employed as a Federal EEO Investigator. Never before have I had the pleasure of an attorney putting forth the effort that you have displayed in returning my phone call, and establishing a relationship that causes me to look forward to our continued professional communications. Your extensive 38 years' experience and accomplishments certainly have not dimmed your enthusiasm, and I appreciate it.

- Sincerely,
Robert A. Bolton, EEO Investigator, Office of Resolution Management, La Plata, MD 20646

 

Hi Mindy,
I am retiring on April 3rd, so I don't have too many days left! I will miss working with you as you are one of the finest attorneys I have ever dealt with during my 40 year (Federal) career.

- Lori Suto Goldsby, Head of Mediation Services, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

 

“First and foremost, I want to thank you very much for all of your help with my case. As you know, you came recommended through a friend whose cousin works at the Montgomery County Police Department. I was aware of your reputation, but having experienced it personally, I can say I am extremely impressed.”

- M. Brown Washington, DC

 

Dear Ms. Farber,
It was a pleasure speaking with you on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. I have had a career in law enforcement, over 38 years' experience as a private investigator, and I am currently employed as a Federal EEO Investigator. Never before have I had the pleasure of an attorney putting forth the effort that you have displayed in returning my phone call, and establishing a relationship that causes me to look forward to our continued professional communications. Your extensive 38 years' experience and accomplishments certainly have not dimmed your enthusiasm, and I appreciate it.

- Sincerely,
Robert A. Bolton, EEO Investigator, Office of Resolution Management, La Plata, MD 20646

 

Hi Mindy,
I am retiring on April 3rd, so I don't have too many days left! I will miss working with you as you are one of the finest attorneys I have ever dealt with during my 40 year (Federal) career.

- Lori Suto Goldsby, Head of Mediation Services, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

 

“First and foremost, I want to thank you very much for all of your help with my case. As you know, you came recommended through a friend whose cousin works at the Montgomery County Police Department. I was aware of your reputation, but having experienced it personally, I can say I am extremely impressed.”

- M. Brown Washington, DC

 

Dear Ms. Farber,
It was a pleasure speaking with you on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. I have had a career in law enforcement, over 38 years' experience as a private investigator, and I am currently employed as a Federal EEO Investigator. Never before have I had the pleasure of an attorney putting forth the effort that you have displayed in returning my phone call, and establishing a relationship that causes me to look forward to our continued professional communications. Your extensive 38 years' experience and accomplishments certainly have not dimmed your enthusiasm, and I appreciate it.

- Sincerely,
Robert A. Bolton, EEO Investigator, Office of Resolution Management, La Plata, MD 20646

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