A person is guilty of a misdemeanor and may be subject to a fine of up to $1,000 for:
• Paying or agreeing to pay less than the applicable wage;
• Hindering or delaying the commissioner's investigation; or
• Discharging an employee for filing a wage and hour complaint, bringing a related action, or testifying in a related action (MD Code Sec. 3-428).
Whenever the Commissioner determines that there is a violation of the wage and hour laws, the Commissioner may try to resolve the issue by mediation; with the written consent of the employee, may ask the Attorney General to sue; and may sue on behalf of an employee. The court may award the employee up to three times the wages owed and reasonable attorney's fees (MD Code Sec. 3-507).
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Equal pay. The Commissioner also has the authority to enter a place of employment to inspect records related to a complaint regarding equal pay. Violating Maryland's equal pay law is considered a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $300. Violations include:
• Paying different salaries to employees based solely on gender;
• Refusing ...