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EEO - Retaliation: Maryland

EEO - Retaliation requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Frank L. Kollman, Kollman & Saucier, PA


  • Maryland prohibits retaliation under its Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA), both for opposing practices prohibited by FEPA and for filing a charge of discrimination, testifying in a matter, assisting others in a discrimination action, or participating in a proceeding, including the investigation. See Retaliation Under Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act.
  • The FEPA is administered and enforced by the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. See Enforcement Through Maryland Commission on Civil Rights/Judicial Proceedings.
  • Employers that violate the FEPA may be ordered to stop an unlawful practice; hire, reinstate or promote an employee; pay damages; or take other actions. See Remedies.
  • The Maryland Equal Pay Act prohibits retaliation against employees and applicants who claim wage discrimination, discuss or inquire about wages, request the wage range of a position for which the individual has applied or fail to provide wage history. See Retaliation Under Maryland Equal Pay Act.
  • Maryland's ban the box law contains retaliation protections. See Retaliation Under the Ban the Box Law.
  • Baltimore has requirements pertaining to retaliation protections. See Local Requirements.