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The Office of Human Rights investigates incidents of hate/violence and complaints of discrimination. Victims of hate/violence crimes can seek compensation for replacement of property through the County's Partnership Fund, administered by the Office of Human Rights.

AttentionAttention: Montgomery County’s new Earned Sick and Safe Leave law goes into effect October 1, 2016.
DOWNLOAD EARNED SICK AND SAFE LEAVE POSTER HERE 
| FACT SHEET
PAID PARENTAL LEAVE ADDED TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY'S SICK AND SAFE LEAVE LAW. SEE DETAILS HERE.
DOWNLOAD EARNED SICK AND SAFE LEAVE POSTER (IN SPANISH)

DOWNLOAD ARTICLE XIII. EARNED SICK AND SAFE LEAVE HERE


Please click here to see the fact sheet on the new law and a copy of the signed legislation. If you have additional questions or need further information please call 240-777-8490 or email Human-Rights.Administration@montgomerycountymd.gov
 

Ban the Box Ban the Box, or the Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards Law, assists in the successful reintegration into the workforce people with criminal records by removing improper barriers to employment. The law helps to make sure that employers make hiring decisions based on relevant work qualifications without improperly considering a person’s criminal record. The law does this by restricting when during the application process an employer can inquire about someone’s criminal history.   Read More Here.

 

2017 Civl Rights Experience FlyerSAVE THE DATE! 2017 MARYLAND CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATIONAL FREEDOM EXPERIENCE, APRIL 8 -16, 2017.  DOWNLOAD FLYER HERE.

2017 Maryland Civil Rights Educational Freedom Experience will be held April 8 - 16. Join Us as we embark on an inspiration-filled educational experience travelling south to explore the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement.  We will retrace the Freedom Trail and learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Greensboro Sit-Ins, Voting Rights and other significant events of the American Civil Rights Movement. Among other numerous sites, we will visit the Lorraine Motel, Central High School, the home of Medgar Evers and Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Travel on a state-of-the-art bus equipped with WiFi.

See pricing information and tentative agenda here. Click here to Register Early for this event !
 

 

2017 Literary Contest & Visual Arts Show Literary Contest and Visual Arts Show in Observance of Montgomery County, Maryland’s Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Montgomery County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee Invites All Montgomery County Elementary, Middle and High School  Students  to Participate in the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary Contest and Visual Arts Show. This event is OPEN TO ALL Montgomery County Students in Elementary, Middle and High Schools. Entry Deadline: Monday, January 9, 2017 by 5pm.

See Literary Contest Flyer here.  Click here for MLK Literary Contest Instructions.
 

 

Annual MLK Birthday Tribute and Celebration Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee cordially invite you to attend Montgomery County’s Annual Birthday Tribute and Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Monday, January, 16, 2017, 3:30 p.m. This year’s tribute and celebration focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s  relentless pursuit for justice. We are excited to showcase a diverse group of talented performers who will continue King’s legacy of justice through music, word and dance. This event will be held at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Maryland 20852.

FREE parking in the adjacent Grosvenor/Strathmore Garage. To obtain FREE tickets for the program, please contact the ticket office at www.strathmore.org, or 301-581-5100 beginning January 2, 2017. See flyer for details.

 

Children of the Dream Award and Humanitarian Award The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee is seeking nominations for 2017 The Children of the Dream Award and the 2017 Humanitarian Award, which will be presented at this year’s MLK Celebration on Monday, January 16, 2017. The Montgomery County sponsored event will be held at Strathmore Music Center, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Maryland at 3:30 pm. Nomination Deadline is Monday, January 9, 2017. 

Click here for Children of the Dream Award letter and nomination form.
Click here for the Humanitarian Award letter and nomination form.

 

 

 

Civil Rights Hall of Fame Civil Rights Hall of Fame Iinduction Ceremony. On Sunday, December 4, 2016 the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights hosted its ninth biennial Human Rights Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland. The Human Rights Hall of Fame mission is to honor individuals who have made great personal sacrifices in contributing to human and civil rights in Montgomery County, either as a trailblazerof the past or as current light bearers in the struggle. 

See Photos From This Event here. 

 

 

 

2016 Black History MonthBlack History Month. Students from the fourth grade class of teacher Melinda Nwoye at Stedwick Elementary School in Gaithersburg helped the Montgomery County Council on Dec. 13 recognize the annual celebration of Human Rights Day by showing the video they created called “The Lie.”  The video features students of various races and nationalities stressing that people of all nationalities should respect each other and that they are not different just because of their heritage.  Councilmembers Roger Berliner and Craig Rice led the ceremonies in Rockville, which were also joined by James Stowe, the director of the County’s Office of Human Rights, and Stedwick Principal Margaret Pastor. The video of the Council Proclamation Presentaion can be viewed at https://youtu.be/Ew1iRhY35T8.

 

 

Faith Community Advisory Council

Montgomery County, Faith Community  Advisory Council Notes and Events.  The upcoming events provide new opportunities for crossing the bridge from separation to communication and a cherished sense of community.  Read more here .

 

 

 

 


Montgomery County Office of Human Rights · 21 Maryland Avenue, Suite 330 · Rockville, Maryland 20850
Telephone: 240.777.8450 · Fax: 240.777.8460 · MD Relay: 7-1-1
Email:   Human-Rights.Administration@montgomerycountymd.gov

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