Employment Discrimination

​​Pursuant to State Government Article, §20-602, Annotated Code of Maryland, every Marylander is guaranteed equal opportunity in receiving employment and in all labor management-union relations regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or genetic information.

This means that:

  • Employers cannot discriminate in recruiting, interviewing, hiring, upgrading, setting work conditions, or discharging.
  • Labor organizations cannot deny membership to qualified persons or discriminate in apprenticeship programs.
  • Employment agencies cannot discriminate in job referrals, ask discriminatory pre-employment questions, or circulate information that unlawfully limits employment.
  • Newspapers and other media cannot publish job advertisements that discriminate.

Harassment [1] on the basis of a protected class (above, such as sexual harassment), and retaliation for filing a complaint or being involved in the investigation are both prohibited under law and enforced by MCCR.

Additionally, the CROWN Act (Chapters 473 & 474 of 2020) added to existing state law that race discrimination includes traits associated with race, such as hair texture, afro hairstyles, and protective hairstyles.

If you believe that actions have been taken against you based on a discriminatory animus, it is imperative that you contact our agency immediately to initiate an inquiry so that we can assist you in determining if you have been a victim of employment discrimination. Our trained Intake Staff will guide you through the intake process and, through a series of questions and interviews, help you analyze your situation to determine if the actions taken against you meet the threshold of being considered discriminatory.

For deaf and hard of hearing individuals as well as those with limited English proficiency, MCCR provides Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) services free of charge to you upon request. MCCR will also assist with securing an interpreter free of charge if one is requested in advance of your appointment with MCCR.

Note: Maryland employment anti-discrimination law applies only to those employers with 15 or more employees. However, complaints alleging unlawful employment harassment can be filed against employers with 1 or more employee.

Find out how to initiate an inquiry with MCCR​​.​

1 State Government Article §20-601, Annotated Code of Maryland, authorizes the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights to investigate complaints of alleged unlawful harassment, including sexual harassment, so long as the employer has at least 1 employee.

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