Posted On: November 30, 2009

When Is Harassment Illegal On The Job In Maryland?

Perhaps one of the most common questions that I get from potential clients is whether the harassment that they have been subjected to at their job is illegal. Employees frequently assume that harassment, such as being called names or being exposed to curse words or being subjected to yelling and screaming, is illegal. In Maryland, however, as in most states, harassment is only illegal if the harassment is sexual in nature, or if it is racial or religious or age-based. In those instances, the harassment violates state and/or federal anti-discrimination laws. Merely being treated badly by your employer, however, is not illegal. While it may be unethical and unprofessional, employers can treat their employees badly, and if the employee does not like it, then the employee has an option -- look for a new job!