The Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination in employment because of national origin (MD State Govt. Code Sec. 20-601 et seq.). The Act applies to all public employers and private employers of 15 or more persons. Under the Act, it is unlawful to take any of the following actions on the basis of an individual's national origin:
• Refuse to hire or to discharge an individual or discriminate against an individual with respect to the compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.
• Limit, segregate, or classify individuals in any way that deprives or tends to deprive them of employment opportunities or adversely affects their employment status.
• Limit admission or employment in an apprenticeship or other training or retraining, including on-the-job training programs.
• Print or publish any advertisement for employment indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on national origin.
• Retaliate against an individual who has opposed any practice that is unlawful under the state law, or because the individual has made a charge, testified, assisted, or participated in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the state law.
Interns. Effective October 1, 2015, employers may not discriminate against unpaid interns on the basis of any characteristic protected under the Act, including national origin (MD State Govt. Code Sec. 20-610).
It is not unlawful for an employer to hire and employ an individual on the basis of national origin if national origin is a BFOQ reasonably necessary to the normal operation of that particular business or enterprise. These situations are rare, however (e.g., ...