HHS Item 1
April 28, 2010
Health and Human Services Committee
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Expedited Bil112-10, Human Rights - Equal Employment
Expedited Bill 12-10, Human Rights
Equal Employment Opportunity Program,
sponsored by the Council President at the request of the County Executive, was introduced on
March 23, 2010. A public hearing was held on April 20.
Bill 12-10 would transfer the County's equal employment opportunity program (EEO)
from the Office of Human Resources to the Office of Human Rights. The EEO program in
Human Resources consists of 3 employees the EEO Compliance and Diversity Manager and 2
Human Resources Specialists. All 3 of these employees would be transferred to the Office of
Human Rights. The EEO program currently:
1. prepares the response to external complaints filed by County employees with the EEOC,
the Maryland Commission on Human Relations, and the County Office of Human Rights;
2. investigates and manages internal EEO complaints filed by County employees;
3. trains County employees on EEO issues;
4. tracks and prepares County EEO reports required under Federal laws;
5. tracks statistical data on the diversity of the County's workforce; and
6. operates diversity management programs for County employees.
The 3 employees transferred to Human Rights would continue to perform all of the duties
listed above except for preparing the response to external complaints filed by County employees.
The County Attorney's Office would assume responsibility for this function. Human Rights
would transfer $44,200 from its budget to the County Attorney's Office to pay for additional
attorney time to handle external complaints. The Executive Branch responses to questions from
Council staff explaining the goals and details of this proposed transfer is at ©9-12.
James Stowe, Director, Office of Human Rights, testified in support of the Bill on behalf
of the County Executive. Mr. Stowe testified that the transfer would consolidate all County
equal employee opportunity functions into the Office of Human Rights and save money by
permitting the Office of Human Rights to abolish 2 filled and 1 vacant positions. See ©14-15.