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Article - Labor and Employment




§3–308.

    (a)    An employer may not:

        (1)    willfully violate any provision of this subtitle;

        (2)    hinder, delay, or otherwise interfere with the Commissioner or an authorized representative of the Commissioner in the enforcement of this subtitle;

        (3)    refuse entry to the Commissioner or an authorized representative of the Commissioner into a place of employment that the Commissioner is authorized under this subtitle to inspect; or

        (4)    discharge or otherwise discriminate against an employee because the employee:

            (i)    makes a complaint to the employer, the Commissioner, or another person;

            (ii)    brings an action under this subtitle or a proceeding that relates to the subject of this subtitle or causes the action or proceeding to be brought; or

            (iii)    has testified or will testify in an action under this subtitle or a proceeding that relates to the subject of this subtitle.

    (b)    An employee may not:

        (1)    make a groundless or malicious complaint to the Commissioner or an authorized representative of the Commissioner;

        (2)    in bad faith, bring an action under this subtitle;

        (3)    in bad faith, bring a proceeding that relates to the subject of this subtitle; or

        (4)    in bad faith, testify in an action under this subtitle or a proceeding that relates to the subject of this subtitle.

    (c)    The Commissioner may bring an action for injunctive relief and damages against a person who violates subsection (a)(1) or (4) or subsection (b)(1), (3), or (4) of this section.

    (d)    (1)    An employer who violates any provision of subsection (a)(2) or (3) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine not exceeding $300.

        (2)    (i)    If an employer is found to have violated this subtitle two or more times within a 3–year period, the Commissioner or a court may require the employer to pay a civil penalty equal to 10% of the amount of damages owed by the employer.

            (ii)    Each civil penalty assessed under this paragraph shall be paid to the General Fund of the State to offset the cost of enforcing this subtitle.