One important part of the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law is the provision that allows the Court to award triple damages if the plaintiff successfully proves his or her claims. If the jury finds that an employer withheld earned commissions “not as a result of a bona fide dispute,” the jury may award the employee an amount not exceeding 3 times the wage. The Court may then also award reasonable counsel fees and other costs. Under the provision, a claim for $25,000 may represent $75,000 or more of potential liability.
What does a plaintiff need to prove to get triple damages?
- Here is a brief on when employees are entitled to triple damages under the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law.
- Here are suggested jury instructions on triple damages.