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Recruiting: Maryland

Recruiting requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Randi Klein Hyatt, Kollman & Saucier, PA


  • Maryland's civil rights law prohibiting discrimination in employment is broader than federal law in some ways. See Maryland Discrimination Law.
  • Employers in Maryland may not seek job applicants in a way that expresses or suggests a preference to any protected characteristic, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ). See Advertising.
  • Maryland prohibits employers from asking job candidates or employees for social media passwords or usernames to access their accounts. See Social Media.
  • Employers must be careful to avoid violating antidiscrimination and privacy laws in using social media websites for recruitment or applicant screening purposes. See Social Media.
  • Private employers in Maryland may grant a hiring preference to eligible veterans and spouses of eligible veterans with service-related disabilities. See Veterans Preference.
  • Younger workers have extra protections under Maryland labor law that employers must take into account when recruiting individuals under 18. See Underage Workers.