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VOLUME 21 | June 2019

Maryland Adopts Additional Civil Penalties for Equal Pay Violations

By: David Burkhouse, Esq.

Effective October 1, 2019, employers committing multiple violations of Maryland’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act may face civil penalties in addition to compensatory and liquidated damages, and attorneys’ fees. (House Bill 790). The Equal Pay Remedies and Enforcement Act provides that the Commission of Labor Licensing and Regulation may assess a civil penalty equal to 10% of the amount of damages owed by the employer against employers who have committed two or more violations of the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act in the preceding three years. These additional civil penalties are intended to offset the administrative costs incurred to investigate and bring corrective actions related to equal pay claims in Maryland.



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Mr. Burkhouse is a Member with PK Law and is part of the firm’s Education, Labor and Employment Group. As part of Mr. Burkhouse’s employment law practice he counsels and represents employers regarding employment discrimination claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. Mr. Burkhouse also advises employers with regard to non-compete agreements, restrictive covenants, arbitration agreements, trade secrets, confidentiality agreements, and employee hiring and termination procedures.  Mr. Burkhouse can be reached at (410) 740-3150 or