Maryland employment lawyers have fought for major precedential changes in the law. Recently, our President, Robin Cockey, won a case argued before the Fourth Circuit, en banc, which reversed a panel decision, as well as overturned a previous Fourth Circuit precedent that put employees in a difficult position of risking retaliation if they complained about a single instance of racial or sexual harassment. The case of Boyer-Liberto v. Fontainebleau Corp. changed the law. It held that the plaintiff’s complaining about her supervisor’s use of a racial epithet, coupled with her taunting that she had the ear of the owner and was going to “get her,” was enough to make the plaintiff believe she was being racially harassed. When she was fired, it could be seen as retaliatory for having complained about racial discrimination in the workplace.
You can read the opinion here. http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/131473A.P.pdf