Wrongful Termination in Maryland

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Wrongful Termination in Maryland

Maryland wrongful termination laws protect employees from being fired for illegal reasons. A termination is considered to be illegal if it violates a law, or if it violates terms that are set out in an employment contract. Like many other states, Maryland’s wrongful termination laws are modeled after federal statutes.  

“At-Will” Employment

Under Maryland employment laws, employment is generally presumed to be “at-will” unless otherwise stated in the employment contract. This means that employers may terminate employees for any reason or for no reason at all, as long as it is not illegal. Conversely, the employees are free to quit their jobs whenever they want.

Exceptions to “At-Will”Terminations

While this may make it more difficult to succeed with a wrongful termination claim, several exceptions to the at-will standards do exist:

1) Breach of an Implied Contract: In some instances, Maryland courts have ruled that the oral statements of an employer can form an implied contract. For example, if they told the employee that they would keep their job so long as performance is satisfactory, it could form the basis for an implied contract. Statements in company handbooks and employment manuals can also create implied contracts.

2) Public Policy Justifications: Employers cannot terminate employees if it violates public policy. Examples of public policy violations include firing an employee because the employee:

3) Discrimination and Harassment: Employers cannot terminate employees on the grounds of discrimination or harassment. Thus, employers cannot fire an employee due to his race, sex, religion, or nationality.

Remedies

A successful wrongful termination claim can result in the worker being reinstated to their occupation, with possible recovery for losses such as back pay.

Consulting an Attorney

qualified Maryland lawyer can help you determine whether there is a legal basis for a claim. He can help you navigate the court system, represent you in court, and help you recover the monetary damages you deserve.

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Last Modified: 02-20-2014 10:04 AM PST

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