Maryland Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

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    While sexual harassment training in Maryland is not specifically required by state statute, EEOC guidelines and court decisions from around the country have made clear that employers should provide workplace harassment training to all employees periodically.

    The training should cover sexual harassment and all other forms of unlawful harassment related to federal and state protected characteristics.

    The Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits workplace harassment and employment discrimination based on protected characteristics such as the following:

    age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race (including traits associated with race such as hair texture, afro hairstyles, and protective hairstyles such as braids, twists, and locks), religion (including all aspects of religious observances, practice, and belief), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions), and sexual orientation.

    Local ordinances may provide broader protections, so you should check the local Civil Rights Commission regulations applicable to your workplace.

    For more information on Maryland equal employment opportunity requirements, see Maryland Civil Rights Commission – Employment Discrimination.