Maryland Civil Rights laws & HR compliance analysis

Maryland Civil Rights: What you need to know

The Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) prohibits all public employers and private employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability unrelated to job performance, or refusal to submit to a genetic test or to make available genetic test results (MD State Govt. Code Sec. 20-601 et seq.).
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Under the FEPA, it is unlawful for an employer to:
• Fail or refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate against any individual with respect to the individual's compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of a protected characteristic or because an individual has refused to submit to a genetic test.
• Limit, segregate, or classify employees or applicants in any way that would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect employment status.
• Request or require genetic tests or genetic information as a condition of hiring or determining benefits.
• Fail or refuse to make a reasonable accommodation for the known disability of an otherwise qualified employee.
Interns. Effective October 1, 2015, employers may not discriminate against unpaid interns on the basis of any of the protected characteristics (MD State Govt. Code Sec. 20-610). The law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation for the known disability of an otherwise qualified intern.
Retaliation. The FEPA also prohibits employers from retaliating against an employee who opposes unlawful discrimination, files a discrimination claim, or participates, testifies, or assists in the investigation ...

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