Our Practice Areas
The Chinwah Firm specializes in litigating employment discrimination cases, wage and hour claims, whistleblower matters, civil rights cases, consumer fraud, and business disputes. We also advise people and organizations on managing employment relationships. At our firm, we are committed to achieving the best possible result at the least possible cost.
Learn more about our practice areas below and call us with your questions today. If you don't see your legal matter described below, call us anyway. We still may be able to help you.
Employment discrimination laws prohibit employers from treating any employee less favorably because of the employee's race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, or any other protected trait. If your employer's unlawful conduct affects your employment, unreasonably interferes with your work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment, you've suffered unlawful discrimination. We represent people who have suffered various kinds of unlawful discrimination, including the following:
Race or National Origin Discrimination
Marital Status Discrimination
Family Responsibilities Discrimination
We are well versed in the laws--such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Maryland Employment Discrimination Act, and the D.C. Human Rights Act--that offer varying degrees of protection for employees. We also have extensive experience with the agencies (like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and courts where discrimination or harassment claims can be filed.
Are you a victim of employment discrimination? Contact The Chinwah Firm at 240.638.2738 or for an evaluation of your case.
Wage and Hour Violations
Federal and state laws require every employer to pay an employee all the money he or she has earned. If your employer withholds overtime pay, misclassifies you, or refuses to give you a paid break, you've been cheated out of the money you rightfully deserve. We understand how vital every dollar can be to working families. We are well versed in the laws--such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Maryland Wage and Hour Law, and the Maryland Wage and Pay Collection Law--that protect employees who've been cheated out of they compensation they rightfully earned. This is why we represent victims of wage and hour violations.
Do you feel you were cheated out of pay by your employer? Contact The Chinwah Firm at 240.638.2738 or for an evaluation of your case.
A host of workplace laws protect employees against being discharged, demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed or otherwise discriminated against for complaining about or reporting certain illegal activity. We are well versed in these whistleblower laws. The laws usually require whistleblowers to meet certain filing deadlines so that their legal claims are preserved. Other prerequisites, like following internal complaint procedures, may also be required. So, if you want to complain about or report illegal activity in the workplace, or if you've already done that and have suffered retaliation as a result, it's important to talk to an attorney early.
Are you thinking of blowing the whistle on your employer? Or, have you already blown the whistle and experienced retaliation? Contact The Chinwah Firm at 240.638.2738 or for an evaluation of your case.
The decision to exit or enter an employment or partnership agreement of any kind carries numerous legal, business, and professional implications. We negotiate employment/partnership agreements and separation agreements to obtain the best possible result for our clients. If, in the context of separation agreements, there are legal claims involved, we work with our clients to identify their goals and aggressively pursue those goals through negotiation, litigation, or other appropriate means.
Do you need legal counseling on your current employment relationship? Contact The Chinwah Firm at 240.638.2738 or for an evaluation of your case.
Civil Rights Violations
Civil rights laws protect basic human rights and freedoms. This means everyone is entitled to freedom from unlawful discrimination or other forms of unlawful treatment in the areas of housing, lending, public accommodations, education, and police enforcement.
We are well versed in the laws—such as Title II, Title VI, Title IX, Section 1981, and Section 1983—that protect a person's civil rights, and we're committed to representing people who have experienced any civil rights violations.
Do you feel your civil rights have been violated? Contact The Chinwah Firm at 240.638.2738 or for an evaluation of your case.
Consumer Rights Violations
Consumer protection laws are designed to protect consumers through fair trade, fair competition, and accurate information in the marketplace. We recognize that the most vulnerable members of our society are often targeted for exploitation, and we are committed to ensuring that our clients’ financial stability, native language, race, national origin, age, or religion do not compromise their rights to fair treatment. That's why we represent victims of deceptive financial services schemes or are aware of fraudulent business practice.
Are you a victim of illegal consumer practices? Contact The Chinwah Firm at 240.638.2738 or for an evaluation of your case.
Business disputes are a fact of life. While these disputes take on many forms, one of the most common disputes for a business or property owner is a breach of contract. This happens when a party to a written or oral partnership agreement, a purchase and sale agreement, a lease, or other business contract violates a material term of the contract. We represent clients who need to negotiate, arbitrate, or litigate breach-of-contract and other business-dispute issues in order to advance their business goals.
Are you a business or property owner involved in a business dispute? Contact The Chinwah Firm at 240.638.2738 or for an evaluation of your case.