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Discrimination in the workplace

It is not always easy to determine whether a workplace civil rights violation has occurred in Maryland. Though an employee may feel that their rights have been violated, the law does not necessarily protect from all types of discrimination. In order to determine whether a protected civil right was violated, it is necessary to determine what form of discrimination took place. Not all discrimination is illegal; although a property owner may not legally discriminate against someone based on their race or sexual orientation, they can discriminate against a tenant for having pets. Similarly, it is possible to violate an employee's rights without violating their protected civil rights and committing a legal infraction.

On the other hand, if it is determined that a civil rights violation has occurred, there are various options available for resolving the situation. For instance, a plaintiff in such a case may have the option of filing a claim with the government and seeking restitution. It is also possible to negotiate informally with the other party to receive some form of severance, though this may preclude a person from initiating a lawsuit at later date. If a plaintiff chooses to handle the matter through litigation, he or she will need to decide whether to proceed through state or federal court, which can be dependent on applicable state laws. Given the ambiguities that sometimes arise with civil rights cases, an employer involved in a dispute over an alleged rights violation with an employee may wish to consult with an attorney. An attorney may help an employer to assemble whatever documentation is necessary to substantiate their case and defend themselves against allegations of workplace discrimination. Since the procedure for handling these circumstances can differ greatly from one case to another, having legal representation might help an employer determine the optimal course of action for their situation.

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