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The Law Office of Mary T. Keating

The Law Office of Mary T. Keating represents individuals and small businesses in their employment and real estate problems, contract cases, and wills and estates. I also represent people in court in business disputes and real estate contract problems, and act as local counsel for out-of-state lawyers.

I devote about half my practice to Maryland employment law. Employers are governed by state and federal law, sometimes even local law. It’s a lot to keep up with. I try to keep you up to date with my blog. Typical issues that a lawyer might help with include Maryland law on wage disputes, employment discrimination, contract disputes, federal employment disputes, misclassification as an independent contractor or as exempt from overtime, severance agreements, covenants not to compete, trade secret disputes, employee benefits such as long-term disability and pensions, social security disability issues, issues involving sick leave, and unemployment compensation.

Sometimes termination seems wrongful, but is not illegal. Other times the law protects the employee who is being discriminated against or not paid properly. Even if a discharge is legal, the employer has to pay all wages owed, and the employee is entitled to unemployment benefits unless there is misconduct.

If you own a business, you have the same employment issues to worry about, and you may have problems with your vendors, customers, or competitors. I’ve helped small businesses navigate difficult waters, in court and out.

I have been practicing law in Baltimore, Maryland since 1985, and have been located since 1999 in Roland Park, in North Baltimore (where parking is free). In my spare time I am the project director of the Employment Law Hotline operated by the Women’s Law Center of Maryland. This is a good resource for brief informational calls with an experienced employment law practitioner.

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