Yes, contact a local employment law attorney to fully evaluate your options.There may be issues of racial discrimination or retaliation here.
I have been licensed to practice in the State of Oregon since 1990. I am not offering legal advice regarding your question, only general information regarding the law. You are not my client nor am I your attorney unless we sign a retainer agreement.
We must determine whether you were an "at will" as opposed to "for cause" employee. In Maryland employer retains right to terminate "at will" employee for no reason at all. Moreover, "for cause" employee can be terminated for a reasonable cause. Retaliation maybe difficult to establish if public officials were not notified as to employer's discriminatory practices. Without more info regarding type of employment, I am unable to say whether or not you need an attorney to pursue potential causes of action based on exceptions recognized by Maryland courts to right of employer to terminate "at will" or for cause."
There appears to be a prima facie case for discrimination and retaliation depending on addtional facts that you post did not disclose. There also may personal animosity and insuecurity that may gotten into the mix. You need to pull all of the relevant documentation, prepare a detailed chronology or timeline and consult with an employment attorney ASAP. Please do not sign a release without negotiating an enhanced severeage package and guaranteeing that you will receive fair and positive employment references.
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