Q. We recently terminated an employee. He claims that he is legally entitled to a letter outlining the reasons for his discharge. Is he correct? —E.T., Maryland
A. No. While a few states do have such a requirement, Maryland does not. You are better off declining such requests in most cases because nothing good is likely to come of it.
Should you decide to comply with his request, state the reasons in general terms so your defense is not constrained in the event of litigation. You will no doubt discover additional support for your decision as time goes by, so you don't want to limit your defenses.