Amendments to Data Breach Notification Statute in Maryland Take Effect January 1, 2018

Amendments to the Maryland Personal Information Protection Act took effect January 1, 2018. The amendments primarily expand the definition of what constitutes “personal information” and include specifications regarding notification procedures in the event of a breach. Prior to the amendments taking effect, the definition of “personal information” was limited to an individual’s first name or […]

Court Grants Summary Judgment to Association That Did Not Sue Its Former Law Firm Pursuant to a Prior Settlement Agreement

In Hanrahan v. Wyndham Condominium Association, Inc. , Case No. 13-C-16-109204, a case defended by Hyatt & Weber attorneys Stephen Stern and Amitis Darabnia, the Circuit Court of Maryland for Howard County granted summary judgment to Wyndham Condominium Association, Inc. (“Wyndham”), and dismissed an eight count complaint (that, as a practical matter, asserted ten different […]

Sixth Circuit Holds Title VII Prohibits Transgender or Transitional Status Discrimination

In E.E.O.C. v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. , — F.3d –, No. 16-2424, 2018 WL 1177669 (6th Cir. Mar. 7, 2018), the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that discrimination on the basis of transgender or transitional status constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of […]

Hyatt & Weber Welcomes Attorney Scott D. Forney

Hyatt & Weber, P.A. is pleased to welcome attorney Scott D. Forney to the firm’s Insurance Coverage and Business practices. As part of the Insurance Coverage practice, Scott assists clients with homeowners’ policies, insurance coverage issues of medical professionals, construction projects, employment discrimination and auto policies, among others. In the Business practice, Scott works with […]

Second Circuit Reverses Precedent and Holds Title VII Prohibits Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation

In a precedent setting case, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed course in an en banc decision and held in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc. , 883 F.3d 100 (2d Cir. 2018), that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination that is prohibited by Title VII of the […]

Maryland Enacts Paid Sick Leave Law

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act took effect February 11, 2018. Pursuant to the Act, Maryland employers with 15 or more employees must provide employees with paid leave called “earned sick and safe leave.” The statute has many detailed requirements, as well as exceptions and carve-outs. Under the statute, employees shall accrue earned sick and […]

Supreme Court Gives Clarity as to Who is a Whistleblower Under The Anti-Retaliation Provision of the Dodd-Frank Act

In Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers , 138 S. Ct. 767 (2018), the United States Supreme Court was asked to decide whether the anti-retaliation provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank” or “Dodd-Frank Act”) extends to an individual who has not reported a violation of the securities laws to […]