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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: Earned Safe & Sick Leave Law, 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.

Montgomery County Earn Sick and Safe Leave Law and COVID-19 Statement  here .
Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Business here .

Montgomery County Public Health Emergency Grant (PHEG) Program Website Launched. Montgomery County has launched a website for its Public Health Emergency Grant (PHEG) program designed to benefit for-profit and nonprofit businesses with 100 employees or fewer. The website provides information for businesses to prepare their grant applications. Read Press Release Here.


Minimum Wage IncreaseMinimum Wage Increase. Effective July 1, 2020, please be advised that the minimum wage rate for Montgomery County will increase to $14.00 for employers with 51 or more employees and $13.25 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 Press Release.

Guidance For Employer's and Employees. News and information will be updated as revisions and changes warrant. Highlights and reminders of significant dates and deadlines will also be included.  Learn More Here.

Maryland Department of Labor |  Unemployment Filing Information
New BEACON One-Stop Online Application Available Friday, April 24
The Maryland Department of Labor has launched a new unemployment insurance application called the Beacon One-Stop. This new application will allow all Marylanders to file all types of claims entirely online! This includes those who are eligible for regular benefits, CARES Act benefits, and individuals who were previously required to file by phone. To learn how services have been improved and expanded, visit the BEACON One-Stop Overview page.

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), recognized Commissioner Alejandro Becerra, Montgomery County, earlier this month on the occasion of his retirement as the organization's Research Director.  Celebrating his advocacy and service, they produced an outstanding video tribute that you can access below.  The video honors a lifetime of achievement, and includes many wonderful photos throughout his life. Alejandro Becerra is one of 15 Commissioners. The members are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. The members are men and women who are broadly representative of the diverse population of the County. Find out more about the Commission on Human Rights here.

The Montgomery County Human Rights Commission and the Office of Human Rights Support the Removal of Confederate Monuments and symbols from our public spaces.  As long as they remain, such monuments to the confederacy serve the purposes for which they were constructed: to glorify a system of governance that promotes white supremacy, racism, bigotry, and intolerance.  We support the removal of these historical remnants, which continue to uplift discrimination, enslavement, and oppression.  Read complete statement here.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights unanimously condemned the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and calls on the Department of Justice to enforce federal civil rights law that protect Americans from unconstitutional policing practices. The Commission also  unanimously urged all law enforcement to follow constitutional policing practices in response to the recent demonstrations. In a 2018  report “Police Use of Force: An Examination of Modern Policing Practices,” “the relationship between law enforcement and many communities in the U.S. is fraught and challenging, particularly for those who experience violent crimes coupled with intensive police presence and surveillance.” The Commission also  mourned the passing of LGBTQ and AIDS activist Larry Kramer.

2020 Black History Month Program Coronavirus:  Information You Should Know. Misinformation about coronavirus can create fear and hurt people. The best source for information is Montgomery County’s COVID-19 website and the CDC COVID-19 website .

Coronavirus (COVID-19) started in Wuhan, China. That is geography. Having Chinese ancestry –– or any other ancestry –– does not make a person more vulnerable to this illness. Wearing a mask will not prevent uninfected people from being infected. They are designed to reduce the capacity for infected people to infect others. Wearing a mask does not mean a person is ill. People wear masks for a variety of reasons, including to avoid pollen and air pollution and for cultural and social reasons. We should not judge someone for wearing a mask or assume they are sick.

Coronavirus doesn’t recognize race, nationality, or ethnicity. If you experience discrimination or any act of intimidation, contact Montgomery County’s Office of Human Rights at 240-777-8450. Bigotry is not acceptable. We are stronger when we stand together.

Stigma and COVID-19. We have been vigilant regarding any hate crimes or bias incidents that may have occurred since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis.  There is bias against many groups of people for many reasons, so we urge all our communities to stay vigilant, and report these incidents.  CDC information regarding reducing stigma surrounding COVID-19.

COVID-19 and Housing

COVID-19: Consumer Protection Information. While Coronavirus health concerns are paramount, there are also financial safety issues related to COVID-19. Montgomery County Council President Sidney Katz sat down with Office of Consumer Protection Director Eric Friedman to discuss consumer scams related to COVID-19. Watch video for more information . Special thanks to Council President Sidney Katz, and production team: Susan Kenedy & Mike Springirth. We also have Coronavirus information, including price gouging. Learn more here.

Silver Spring Native and musician Marcus Johnson ask that you stay home to stop the spread of COVID–19. Hear the message here.


2019 Maryland Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020. The Maryland Civil Rights Educational Freedom Experience has been postponed until Fall, specific dates to be determined. Participants will embark on an inspiration-filled educational experience travelling south to explore the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement. Retracing the Freedom Trail and learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, the Mongomery Bus Boycott, the Greensboro Sit-ins, Voting Rights and other significant events of the American Civil Rights Movement. Other sites visited will include the Lorraine Motel, Central High School, the home of Medgar Evers and the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Traveling on a state-of-the-art bus equipped with WiFi.  The Maryland Civil Rights Educational Experience was modeled from the idea of the Civil Rights Heritage Tour initiated from the work of the Raleigh North Carolina Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and Bruce Lightner the committee Founder.  Click here for more details. See Montgomery County Office of Human Rights events archive.


Age Discrimination Age Discrimination Affects All in the Workplace. Recently, the Office of Human Rights released an article on age discrimination in the workplace that all employers should read. The County established the OHR to help educate and promote compliance with human rights laws, provide technical assistance to the residents and the marketplace and provides mediation and conciliation services. Here in Montgomery County, a growing number of workers especially those who are 40 or older say there’s plenty of age discrimination in the workplace. They trade stories of both subtle and overt acts of discrimination that lead to frustration and desperation. The negative effects of age discrimination don’t stop there. They also impact employers and our community overall. Age Discrimination Fact Sheet.


The Commissioners of the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission (MCHRC) Letter to County Executive Marc  Elrich.  The MCHRC stated its strong interest in the selection of the new Chief of Police for the Montgomery County community. The Commission’s duties to eliminate discrimination, prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry in housing, recreation, education, health, employment, public accommodations, and justice are informed, supported and enhanced by the work done through the Police department.  The Montgomery County Human Rights Commissioners shared their thoughts and suggestions on the factors they view critically important for this new hire.  Read letter here. 


Fair Housing

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 Against Hate/Violence Committee Against 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.


Picture of Gavel 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.

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.

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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