The Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of age (MD State Govt. Code Sec. 20-606 et seq.). Maryland does not specify a minimum or maximum age requirement to qualify for protection under the Act. The Act applies to all public employers and private employers of 15 or more persons. Under the state law, it is unlawful to:
• 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 unless age is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) for employment.
• Print or publish any advertisement for employment indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on age, unless age is a BFOQ.
• 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.
Employers subject to either state or federal age discrimination laws should conscientiously avoid any reference to age, either direct or indirect, in all dealings with employees or prospective employees. In advertisements for employment, avoid stating requests for “young,” or “vigorous” applicants. On application and employer forms, minimize or eliminate references to age-related dates such as high school or ...