Maryland Affirmative Action laws & HR compliance analysis

Maryland Affirmative Action: What you need to know

The state of Maryland has no affirmative action requirements for private employers. Affirmative action laws require an employer to make proactive efforts to represent individuals from certain protected classes in the workplace at levels comparable to those for unprotected groups. Affirmative action requirements are separate and distinct from nondiscrimination laws, which prohibit discriminatory acts against protected persons but do not mandate proactive steps in their favor. This section is limited to a discussion of affirmative action requirements. There is additional information on this subject.
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The Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or disability (MD State Government Code Sec. 20-606).
The Act does not require, however, that affirmative steps be taken on behalf of any individual or group because of any imbalance that may exist between the total number or percentage of members of protected groups actually employed and the total number or percentage of individuals of such groups in any geographical region or in any available workforce.
The Maryland Department of Human Resources requires its departments and contractors to comply with state and federal laws and with the Minority Business Enterprise law and policies. Included in its requirements is the creation and maintenance of an affirmative action program which is mandated to include provisions for recruitment, promotion, demotion, transfer, layoff, ...

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