EEOC sues owner of Extended Stay America hotel in St. Mary's Co.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Thursday it has sued Extended Stay Hotels for paying women less than men performing the same work at the company's facility in Lexington Park. (Balt. Sun)

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Hacking suit heads to trial 

A chain restaurant’s claim that it lost money and customers due to a Howard County company’s credit-card processing device goes to trial Monday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, more than four years after the eatery filed suit. (Daily Record)

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Vanns Spices adds space, employees to keep up with demand

Vanns Spices, a privately owned company based in Baltimore, has added 6,000 square feet to its warehouse space and hired five workers as part of an expansion plan made possible by improved tracking and planning, company president Mick Whitlock said. The company expects a 15 percent increase in profits over the next year. (Balt. Sun)

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Cruise ship returns to Baltimore after fire

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas has returned to the Port of Baltimore after a fire damaged it. The ship arrived at the port Thursday and was to conduct a one-night sail for travel agents. It is scheduled to sail with passengers on the weekend. (AP/Capital)

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D.C. suburbs near federal employment supremacy

The nation’s capital remains the center of the federal employment universe, but the D.C. suburbs may be one or two federal agency moves away from stealing that title. Federal government employment fell 12.9 percent nationwide and 6.8 percent in D.C. between 1990 and 2013. But it rose 26.7 percent during that same period in the Washington-area suburbs. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore lands smack in the middle in overdraft charges

Baltimore is in the middle of the pack when it comes to how much banks and credit unions here charge customers for overdrawing on their checking account. The median overdraft fee charged by banks and credit unions in Greater Baltimore is $30, according to a report by Moebs Services, a Lake Bluff, Ill., economic research firm. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Beatty, Armada Hoffler to hold info session for women and minority contractors

Beatty Development Group and Armada Hoffler Construction Co. will host a third information session for minority and women contractors interested in working on the Exelon headquarters building at Harbor Point. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland ultility companies award $340M in contracts to minorities, nonprofits

Maryland’s utility companies awarded more than $340 million in contracts to minority and nonprofit suppliers in 2012, the Public Service Commission reported. For the past 20 years, participating utility companies have aimed to allocate 25 percent of total dollars spent on contracts, subcontracts and purchase orders to minority, woman-owned and disabled veteran-owned businesses, as well as nonprofits. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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