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Maryland Amends Equal Pay Law to Cover Additional Protected Characteristics

Effective October 1, 2024, the Maryland Equal Pay for Equal Work Act is amended (HB0602 and HB1397) to prohibit pay discrimination based on sexual orientation, religious beliefs, race, and disability. The Act applies to all private employers in Maryland, in addition to state and local government entities. 

Next Steps

Employers should review their compensation practices to identify and address any discrepancies to detect patterns of discrimination based on protected characteristics. Ensure that differences in pay can be explained based on objective criteria such as experience, education, seniority, or geographic location.

Employers should also provide training for HR personnel, managers, and employees on equal pay laws and the importance of pay equity.

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