The Equal Employment Opportunity Program in Maryland

Previously an attorney with Prince George’s County, Maryland, Synthia Shilling joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture as legal counsel in 2013. Synthia Shilling focuses on employment law and possesses a wealth of knowledge regarding Maryland’s equal employment opportunity program.

The equal employment opportunity program in the state of Maryland prohibits employment discrimination of individuals based on race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, and age. In addition, it protects individuals with physical or mental disabilities. The regulation applies to people who are current employees of a business as well as applicants seeking employment with a company. As such, the law ensures all individuals are given a fair opportunity to gain and fulfill employment based on merit and fitness.

Individuals who know or feel an employer has acted out of accordance of the equal employment opportunity laws must file a complaint within 30 days of the violation. Upon receiving the complaint, an equal employment officer will conduct an investigation under the direction of a fair practices officer. Based on the findings, the head of the principal unit will provide a written decision with the appropriate relief, if any.

For more information about Maryland equal employment opportunity laws, visit

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