Maryland law requires that each contract for procurement include a nondiscrimination clause, prohibiting discrimination in any manner by the contractor against an employee or applicant for employment because of sex, race, age, color, creed, or national origin. The contractor must include a similar clause in every subcontract except a subcontract for standard commercial supplies or raw materials. Each contractor and subcontractor must post conspicuously a notice setting forth the provisions of the clause in a place that is available to employees and applicants. If the nondiscrimination clause is omitted from a contract or subcontract subject to the law, the state may declare the contract to be void (MD Code State Fin. and Proc. Sec. 13-219).
Commercial nondiscrimination policy. The state has established a commercial nondiscrimination policy that prohibits the state from entering into a procurement contract with a business entity that has discriminated against subcontractors, suppliers, vendors, or commercial customers on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability.