Lawyers who launched a fair-lending case in Baltimore against Wells Fargo that ended with a $175 million settlement three years ago had an effective weapon in their arsenal: a federal legal standard recognizing discrimination by effect as well as intent. Today, local housing advocates are concerned that this long-standing Fair Housing Act protection is in jeopardy as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs a challenge to it.
How much does it cost to appeal a case to the U.S. Supreme Court? For the Baltimore County government, the tab was $42,000 for a Florida-based law firm to write an appeal that was rejected by the country's highest court.
As U.S. Supreme Court justices wrestle with whether or not Amtrak, as a quasi private corporation, should have the right to set performance standards that would also affect the freight services with which it shares lines, the rail system is facing gridlock. America's outmoded railroad policy leading to this situation was created in a crisis atmosphere 50 years ago. It is counter-productive today and, if not revised, potentially disastrous for the future. A look at the past can better inform the
In a case that could have a profound impact on the rights of pregnant employees, the Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled over whether a Maryland UPS driver faced discrimination when she was asked to leave her job because her pregnancy prevented her from lifting heavy packages.
On Dec. 3, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Young v. United Parcel Service, a case in which an employer was permitted to suspend without pay or insurance a pregnant employee because she could not lift more that 20 pounds. Ms. Young's job for UPS was collecting and delivering letters and packages sent by air. Her typical route covered Annapolis, Davidsonville and Calvert County. In suspending her, UPS explained that company policy required all employees to be able to lift 70 pounds unless they
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a case involving a Maryland couple who believe their out-of-state income should not be taxed by their state of residence. Brian and Karen Wynne, of Howard County, argue the income they earn in several other states through Maxim Healthcare Services Inc., a company Brian Wynne partially owns, should not be taxed by Maryland if they pay the income taxes in those other states.
By By Ashley S. Westerman and Capital News Service
Under increasing legal and political pressure the Obama administration issued a new rule Friday designed to ensure female employees have access to birth control while accommodating religious employers that object to covering it through their health insurance plans.
Reducing the influence of special-interest money in Washington could give elected officials a better shot at passing economic policies that would benefit women, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told a Baltimore audience Saturday.
Americans fought for years for equal access to the right to vote that is today so taken for granted that it is blithely ignored, even as sinister forces conspire to close off the ballot box to thousands, perhaps millions.
At Planned Parenthood of Maryland, we are deeply troubled by the roll-back in access to reproductive care that the court's decisions represent. Bosses are now able to interfere with their employees' access to birth control. Picketers can continue to harass women seeking care including birth control, breast health exams and the many life-saving services that women's health centers provide. It is hard to believe that in 2014 we are still struggling to provide women even the most basic health care
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ¿ A federal appeals court on Friday put on hold a judge's order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban, bringing same-sex marriages to a halt and leaving those who've already tied the knot in legal limbo.
The group battling with Carroll County commissioners over Christian prayers at their meetings asked a judge Tuesday to order a "permanent injunction" on the practice, which they say alienates some community members.