The Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of sex, which includes discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions.
As a general rule (and with the exception of reasonable accommodation), female employees affected by one of these practices must be treated the same for all employment-related purposes—including receipt of benefits under employee benefit programs, accrual of seniority, and other benefits and privileges—as employees with other types of temporary disabilities.
The Act covers all employers with 15 or more employees (MD Code Art. 49B Sec. 17).