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.
SAVE THE DATE! Montgomery County Friendship Picnic, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Wheaton Regional Park, 2000 Shorefield Road, Wheaton, Maryland from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Bringing Together Communities With Diverse Cultures and Faiths. Bring yourself and a desire to make new friends and build a better community. Food and drinks will be provided so everyone may relax and enjoy the afternoon! Kosher, Halas, Vegetarian and Traditional Cusines! We kindly request that you bring one non-perishable food item, which will be donated to local Montgomery County food banks.
This event is endorsed and supported by the Montgomery County Committee on Hate/Violence (COHV), the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission, the Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships, and the Montgomery County Executive’s Faith Community Working Group. See flyer for details. Register here .
Join Us for our next County, State & Federal Employment Law Update Information Breakfast September 27, 2016. This event will focus on Montgomery County's new and emerging laws.
The County, State & Federal Employment Law Update Information Breakfast held Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Silver Spring Civil Center was a great success!. Participants learned about new and emerging Employment Laws & Regulations. This event was presented by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights and the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission. See flyer and program agenda from the May 24h event.
Human Rights Camp Human Rights Camp, October 21 - 23, 2016. The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights facilitates a "Human Rights Camp". The purpose of the camp is to alleviate hate that is fueled by fear and ignorance by interaction and education. The program is designed to bring together students from diverse racial, cultural religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds for a weekend experience in interracial and intercultural understanding. Find out more about the Human Rights Camp here.
See Human Rights Camp Application Form and Invitational Letter.
Civil Rights Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. On Sunday, October 30, 2016 the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights will host 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 trailblazer of the past or as current light bearers in the struggle. See 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees .
Black History Month. Civic and Human Rights leaders of Montgomery County were present on Feb. 23 as the County Council recognized Black History Month. At the event were, left to right: Vernon and Janet Ricks, Arlee Wallace, Councilmember Craig Rice, Odessa Shannon, Director of the Office of Human Rights James Stowe, Ruby Rubens, Warren Fleming, Cherri Branson, Pat Grant and Julian Norment.