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February 2013 Archives

Justice Department intervenes in Maryland sex discrimination claim

A lawsuit accusing a Maryland sheriff's office of sex discrimination will receive support from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) after the agency issued a statement declaring that it had moved to intervene in the private claim. In the release, the DOJ says it is dedicated to "vigorously enforcing to the right of employees to be free from sex discrimination in the work place" in conjunction with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The plaintiff initially filed her claim with the EEOC, who referred it to the Justice Department.

Maryland development to see several new retailers

A number of well-known retailers will be opening at The Shops at Canton Crossing in Baltimore, Md., a move the developer and city officials hope will revitalize the area and encourage similar developments. The developer recently announced that Old Navy, Red Robin and several other stores and restaurants will join a Target in the 325,000 square-foot shopping center, claiming that the majority of the center's retail space has been filled.

Maryland woman sues law firm for discrimination

A former female attorney is accusing a prominent law firm of discriminating against her based on her gender. The law firm terminated her after she adopted a daughter from China. The Maryland-based plaintiff seeks punitive and compensatory damages of $5 million in addition to legal fees and back pay. Officials with the law firm, which employs over 1,000 attorneys worldwide, have denied the claims in the employment discrimination lawsuit, calling them "completely without merit." A co-managing partner suggested that the firm would defend itself in court.

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