Maryland Diversity laws & HR compliance analysis

Maryland Diversity: What you need to know

The Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act 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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The Maryland Workforce Exchange, a division of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, offers resources on diversity, affirmative action, equal employment opportunities, and employment of workers with disabilities at
The mission of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights is to ensure equal opportunity to all through the enforcement of laws against discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations; to provide educational and outreach services related to the provisions of this law; and to promote and improve civil rights. For more information on the Commission’s diversity workshops and training programs, go to
Last reviewed November 2017.

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Maryland Diversity Resources

Type Title
Handouts Workplace Diversity (Handout)
PowerPoints Managing Non-English-Speaking Employees
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