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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.





2018 Hall of Fame 2018 Hall of Fame Human Rights Induction Ceremony. On Thursday, November 29, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights (OHR) will host its Tenth 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 trailblazers of the past or as current light bearers in the struggle. For more information and to nominate an individual for the Hall of Fame complete nomination form.
Nomination Deadline is October 17, 2018.  


2018 Human Rights Diversity CampHuman Rights Diversity Camp, December 14-16, 2018. 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. Registration is opened to all fifth grade students who attend Montgomery County Elementary Schools.  Click here for more information. See summary for event here.



2018 Friendship PicnicMontgomery County Friendship Picnic, Bringing Together Communities with Diverse Cultures and Faiths, was held Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Wheaton Regional Park.
The Friendship Picnic is an opportunity for the community to gather for a free afternoon filled with fun, food and entertainment. Participants enjoyed great food and live entertainment with  family, neighbors, faith members and employees. County Executive Isiah Leggett, members of the Montgomery County Council and other elected officials were on hand. Check back soon to see photos from this event.

2018 Juneteenth CelebrationMinimum Wage Increase. Effective July 1, 2018, please be advised that the minimum wage rate for Montgomery County will increase to $12.25 for employers with 51 or more employees and $12.00 for employers with 50 or fewer employees) Most employees must be paid the Montgomery Co. Minimum Wage Rate. Employees age 18 and under working under 20 hours per week are exempt from this rate. See Minimum Wage Transition Table.

See flyer here. 



S2019 Civil Rights Tourave The Date! 2019 Maryland Civil Rights Educational Freedom Experience will be held
April 6 - 14.
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.



Marian Wright Edlman’s Child Watch Column: Senator Robert Kennedy. Ms. Edelman is President of the Children's Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
For more information go to www.childrensdefense.org.  Mrs. Edelman's Child Watch Column also appears each week on Mom's Rising.

Read complete article 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.

 

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. 


 

 

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.  Find out More.

 

Open Housing Law Open Housing Law. Council President Hans Riemer presented a proclamation recognizing the 50th anniversary of Montgomery County passing the Open Housing Law, which prohibits discriminatory practices against people seeking to buy or rent homes. The presentation honored the hard work in the face of adversity of the community leaders and organizations present, and the challenges that remain in ensuring equal access to housing for all. The Council was joined by representatives of the Human Rights Commission, the Office of Human Rights, the NAACP, the Interagency Fair Housing Coordinating Group, the Housing Opportunities Commission, and the community of fair housing advocates. Back row, pictured left to right: Esther Delaplaine, Patrice Cheatham, Myrian Torrico, Alejandro Becerra, James Stowe, Vernon Ricks, Loretta Garcia, Pat Fenn; front row, left to right: Jackie Simon, Tina Clarke, Judge William England, Louise Kauffmann, Dr. Suresh K. Gupta, Janice Freeman, Cuvator Armstong. Watch the proclamation.

 

20 Years of Civil Rights Progress
Twenty Years of Civil Rights Progress: A History of the Human Relations Commission of Montgomery County, Maryland.  Created by the County Government as a "sounding board" for interracial discussion and release of tension in the early 1960's, the Commission has evolved into an established enforcement agency as well, investigating , holding hearings and adjudicating complaints of discrimination in public accommodations, housing and employment.  In step with rising awareness of the various forms of discrimination, its mandate has gradually evolved over the years. Learn more about the history of the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights here.

 

 

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!

Visit our website www.mocopridecenter.org
 

 

 

 


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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