Brooke Lierman

Delegate

Baltimore, MD

Brooke Elizabeth Lierman was elected to represent Maryland’s 46th Legislative District in the House of Delegates in 2014, and serves on the Appropriations Committee. The 46th District includes all the neighborhoods abutting or near the water in Baltimore City, and boasts one of the most diverse populations of any district in the State. In addition to serving in the General Assembly, Brooke is a civil rights lawyer at the firm of Brown, Goldstein & Levy LLP. She has represented a diverse clientele, ranging from individuals facing housing discrimination to low-wage workers not being paid overtime to blind and deaf individuals facing discrimination. Brooke and her husband and son live in the neighborhood of Fell’s Point.

In her first two years in the Legislature, Brooke has passed legislation to promote better public transportation in the Baltimore region, encourage college savings, investigate and prosecute internet crimes against children, and help ensure no Maryland senior goes hungry. She has also championed legislation to pass earned sick leave, authorize automatic voter registration, and support entrepreneurs. Through her work on the state budget, she has promoted and required reporting from agencies to ensure enforcement of existing laws, long-term planning, and efficient use of resources.

Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas Shared

Problem

Since 2008, wage theft has increased dramatically. Working families can barely survive on the low wages they receive, let alone when employers shirk responsibility of paying what is owed. States then lose out too, on taxes to be collected, and honest employers are put at a disadvantage. This problem is easy to mask because of minimal requirements for paystubs: many paystubs have only the name of the employee and the total amount paid - failing to indicate what hours and what rate of pay, or whether taxes were withheld. Many low-wage workers don't even know which contractor is paying them, so they don't know who to sue or complain to.

Solution

Setting a new standard to ensure necessary information is being provided to workers is imperative to reduce wage theft and economic inequality. No federal and minimal state requirements currently exist regarding required information on paystubs. To protect workers in a contract economy and to level the playing field for employers, we need to set regulations to require companies to provide standardized paystubs.