Maryland Racial Discrimination: What you need to know

The Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination in employment because of race or color (MD State Govt. Code Sec. 20-201 et seq.). The Act applies to all employers of 15 or more persons. Under the Act, it is unlawful for an employer to:
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• Refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or discriminate against any individual with respect to the compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.
• Limit, segregate, or classify employees or applicants in any way that deprives them of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affects 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 race or color.
• 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 race (MD State Govt. Code Sec. 20-610).
Prompt, effective response to harassment. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that although an employer took steps to stop workplace harassment, it failed to effectively respond to an employee's complaints of gender and racial harassment (EEOC v. Cent. Wholesalers, Inc., 573 F. 3d 167 (4th Cir. 2009)). The employee in this case had complained to supervisors about her coworkers' frequent use of degrading, ...

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