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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.





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.




 

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.

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 .
 

 

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.

 

Communities Against Hate HUNDREDS GATHER IN BETHESDA FOR THE LAUNCH OF COMMUNITIES AGAINST HATE

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.

 

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LEGGETT ANNOUNCES GRANT PROGRAM FOR SECURITY NEEDS FOR COUNTY FAITH-BASED GROUPS FACING HATE CRIMES
County Executive Ike Leggett 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.

 

 

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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