Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA)
- Maryland's Court of Appeals recently issued a decision that quid pro quo sexual harassment can serve as the basis for a wrongful discharge claim. "Quid pro quo" means "this for that," and quid pro quo harassment refers to a situation in which a supervisor insists that the employee perform some form of sexual favor in exchange for...
- The Maryland Court of Appeals -- which is Maryland's highest court -- recently ducked an opportunity to decide an important employment issue. The court overturned the Maryland Court of Special Appeals' decision striking down a law allowing Prince George's County to award up to $100,000 in damages for humiliation and embarrassment...
- Prince George's County, Montgomery County, and Howard County each have enacted local laws prohibiting employment discrimination and providing administrative procedures for processing employment discrimination complaints. These procedures include administrative hearings and awards of damages. In some cases, the types of damages available in county...
- Maryland's House of Delegates voted on March 14, 1997, to reject House Bill 602, which would have protected small employers from large damage awards in discrimination suits. House Bill 602 was discussed in detail in last month's Maryland Employment Law Letter, Vol. 7, No. 6 (March 1997). In a nutshell, the bill would have...
- Delegate Sheila E. Hixson of Montgomery County and 30 other delegates from other counties have joined together to sponsor House Bill 431, which would amend Maryland's Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) to make it unlawful for any person to discriminate against an individual with regard to public accommodations, housing, and...
- Maryland's Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) applies to employers with 15 or more workers and prevents various forms of discrimination. If it is determined that an employer engaged in discrimination, the employee is entitled to back pay and reinstatement, but the employee is not entitled to compensatory or punitive damages under...
- Maryland's Highest Court Expands Wrongful Discharge Doctrine to Allow More Lawsuits Against Small EmployersIn a unanimous decision, the Court of Appeals of Maryland shocked many small employers in Maryland by holding that those employers now can be sued for employment discrimination even though federal law and Maryland state law expressly exclude such employers from their coverage. The court held that, although the statutes only apply...
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