Maryland Expands Equal Pay Act Effective October 1, 2016

Maryland Expands Equal Pay Act Effective October 1, 2016

Effective October 1, 2016, employers may not discriminate against an employee in any occupation by paying wages to an employee of one sex or gender at a rate less than the rate paid to employees of another sex or gender if both employees work in the same establishment and perform comparable work. 

The Maryland Equal Pay Act requires employers to pay men and women equally if the employees work in the same establishment and perform similar work, in the same business or of the same type (MD Labor and Empl. Code Sec. 3-301 et seq.). Maryland has expanded the Equal Pay Act to include differentials based on gender identity as well as sex.

The new law also prohibits employers from providing less favorable employment opportunities based on sex or gender identity. This includes: assigning or directing an employee into a less favorable career track or failing to provide information about the employer’s promotions or advancement practices.  Addition information can be found at

EQUAL PAY IN MARYLAND

The law contains pay transparency provisions that make it unlawful for an employer to:

(1) prohibit an employee from asking about, discussing, or disclosing her own wages or the wages of another employee or asking for a reason for the amount of her wages;

(2) requiring an employee to sign a waiver of her right to disclose or discuss wages; or

(3) taking adverse action against an employee for asking about, discussing, or disclosing wages, asking for a reason for the amount of wages, or aiding or encouraging another employee’s exercise of those rights. (Source HRHero Blog)

It is recommended that employers review their pay policies and practices to comply with this new law.

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