Maryland Application Forms laws & HR compliance analysis

Maryland Application Forms: What you need to know

The Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act makes it unlawful for an employer to classify applicants for employment or internship on the basis of the individual's race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability unrelated to reasonable performance of the job, or because of the individual's refusal to submit to a genetic test or make available the results of a genetic test (MD State Govt. Code Sec. 20-601). Except for questions about disability, there are no specific prohibitions about asking for such information on an application form. However, questions about protected characteristics can constitute evidence of discrimination.
Employers are covered if they employ 15 or more employees for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year. It is unlawful for an employer to discharge, expel, or otherwise discriminate against a person because the person has opposed discriminatory practices.
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Regulations issued by the Maryland Commission on Human Relations prohibit an employer from asking a job applicant about the existence or severity of a physical or mental disability (MD Rules Sec. 14.03.02.07). An employer may condition an offer of employment on the results of a medical exam conducted before the employee begins employment if all prospective employees in the same job category are subject to the same exam. The exam results must be kept as confidential medical records and maintained on separate forms in separate, confidential files.
Interns. Effective October 1, 2015, employers may not refuse or fail to offer an internship to an applicant on the basis of any of the protected ...

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