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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.

Employer's Information Employer’s Corner: Employment Laws, Compliance Requirements, Forms, Notices and Legislation for use and reference by employers. This section will be updated as revisions and changes warrant. Highlights and reminders of significant dates and deadlines will also be included . Learn More Here.

Employment Law & Information BreakfastThe Carlton Reese Memorial Choir of Birmingham, Alabama to perform as part of the 2018 Montgomery County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Observance. Carlton Reese (born February 7, 1942 in Westfield, died July 9, 2002) was director, composer and organist. Reese, who had already been organist and choir director for New Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dolomite while a student at Westfield High School, took over as director of the combined choir for the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights Choir shortly after graduating in 1960. The Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir is named in his honor. Check back soon for more details for the 2018 Montgomery County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Observance Event.

Honoring Sue ShoebergHonoring Sue Shoenberg. The Office of Human Rights Mediation Center and Conference Room is officially renamed the Sue Shoenberg Human Rights Mediation Center and Conference Room to honor the late Sue Shoenberg. Mrs. Shoenberg served as a commissioner on the Human Rights Commission for 11 years. She was a lifelong advocate for justice and equality who worked tirelessly to eliminate bigotry, hatred, and violence. Pictured (l to r): Human Rights Vice Chairman William England, County Executive Ike Leggett, Dana Shoenberg, Halley Shoenberg, Bob Shoenberg and Office of Human Rights Director James Stowe. See Complete List of Montgomery County Office of Human Rights Events Here.


The World of Montgomery Festival celebrates the many cultures of the DC area with traditional arts, multicultural music, food, dance, and hands-on activities. This event was held at the Montgomery College Rockville on Sunday, October 15th, 2017, from noon to 4:00pm.

The festival promotes cross-cultural understanding by highlighting the cultural diversity of the DC area through immersive activities and performances. Festival attendees participated in a wide variety of traditional arts — like berimbau instrument-making demoed by the Brazilian Espaço Cultural Samba Trovão, or Kolam painting (using rice flour or powdered rock) by apprentices of master artist Shanthi Chandra Sekar. Other traditional arts on display included material arts, performance, ritual, or ceremony. This year’s festival theme was “harvest.”  Read More Here.


Fair Housing Program. As a part of the Office of Human Rights, The Fair Housing Program has developed a far-reaching program of outreach and monitoring activities. If you feel you have been a victim of housing discrimination and would like to file a complaint, visit the Compliance Section of this web site, or call 240/777-8450 or TTY 240/777-8480. To obtain information on fair housing or to arrange for training for your business, group, or organization, call 240/777-8450. Visit the Fair Housing Section for more information.


Joint Statement of Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett with Montgomery County Human Rights Commission and the Committee on Hate Violence 

Again we are stunned and outraged at the continuing horrific acts of hate, violence and bigotry thrust upon the victims and members of our nation’s communities, this time in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia.  Our condolences and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the deceased and injured participants and first responders. 

Montgomery County stands in solidarity with the Charlottesville community and condemns this senseless attack and inexcusable display of hatred by white supremacist groups. This is a time to unite in healing and we decry hateful attempts to divide our communities. See Full Statement.

Committee on Hate/Violence. The duties of the Hate/Violence Committee are to develop and distribute information about hate/violence, promote educational activities that demonstrate the positive value of ethnic and social diversity; advise the County Council, the County Executive, and County agencies about hate/violence in the County, and recommend such policies, programs, legislation, or regulations as it finds necessary to reduce the incidences of acts of hate/violence. Learn More.



County Executive Ike Leggett today announced guidelines for a Montgomery County grant program that will match monies spent by County faith-based religious institutions that have experienced or are at risk to experience hate crimes.

The “Faith-based Facilities Security Improvement Grants” program is a $225,000, one-time program approved by the County Council and supported by the County Executive and the Council as a response to recent hate crimes. Only electronic applications will be accepted. Organizations will be notified of award decisions by September 15, 2017.   

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On the same day that some residents remembered the millions of lives lost due to hate during the Holocaust, a new group standing up against bigotry launched. The Communities United Against Hate (CUAH) of Montgomery County held its first rally at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School on Sunday evening. “We’re bringing people together,” said Paul Tiao, president of CUAH Montgomery County. “People who have been deeply involved in fighting discrimination, addressing hate incidents and hate crimes; we’re putting them together to work collaboratively to fight this problem more effectively.” Read More Here.


Compliance Do You Know Your Rights? We Are Here To Help. If you feel you have been discriminated in employment; real estate; housing; public accommodations; intimidation; race; gender identity; color; religious creed; genetic status; age; disability; or sexual orientation contact the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights at 240-777-8450. Inquries and/or questions concerning possible violations can also be made by calling 311.

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2017 Maryland Civil Rights Tour The Vision! The MoCo Pride Center will be a 501c3 organization designed to serve the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) community and its allies in Montgomery County, Maryland.  The vision of the MoCo Pride Center is to be the leading organization for LGBTQ resources and advocacy in our county. Our proposed mission is to organize, support, educate, and provide outreach to the LGBTQ community and its allies. Learn More About Us!

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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

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