Employers in Maryland have the right to fire employees for a wide range of reasons. A worker may be underperforming, violating workplace rules or no longer needed in a position. Many employees may feel as though they have been fired unfairly, but the fact is that in general, employers can terminate an employment contract at any time.
However, there are times when a firing could be considered wrongful and a violation of an employee's rights. If a firing is based on a person's age, race, religion, gender or disability, it can be considered discriminatory and unlawful. If a firing is in response to the employee filing a complaint or after reporting employer misconduct, it could also be considered an illegal firing.
Understanding the difference between lawful and unlawful employment practices could save employers a lot of time and money. One hospital recently learned an expensive lesson after they wrongfully fired a nurse.