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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.






Human Rights Diversity CampHuman Rights Diversity Camp, November 15-17, 2019. 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. This is also an introduction to civil and human rights subjects to include fairhousing, fair employment, public accommodations, voter's rights and bullying prevention. Students will aslo participate in a fairhousing poster contest. The winner will receive a cash award and public recognition. Letter to Principals, Counselors, Teachers and Parents.  Human Rights Camp Registration Form.  Click here for complete details.



Letter to the Editor, Washington Post by Alejandro Becerra, Commissioner, Montgomery County Office of Human Rights. President Trump ignores the massive job gains Latinos attained under then-President Barack Obama but takes credit for record-low U.S. Latino unemployment.  From 2000 to 2016, Latinos accounted for 65 percent of all new workers added to the U.S. economy. However, during the first two years of the Trump administration, Latinos accounted for only 41 percent of all new workers added to the U.S. economy, with that percentage continuing to dwindle. Read complete article here. Photo Credit: Adalberto Espinoza, a temporary migrant worker from Mexico, in Denver in August 2017. (Nick Cote/For The Washington Post)

 

Minimum Wage IncreaseMinimum Wage Increase . Effective July 1, 2019, please be advised that the minimum wage rate for Montgomery County will increase to $13.00 for employers with 51 or more employees and $12.50 for employers with 50 or fewer eployees.) 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.
 



 

Age DiscriminationAge 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.
Read Article Here.

See Montgomery County OHR Events Archive here


 

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. 


 

2019 Maryland Civil Rights Educational Freedom TourSAVE THE DATE! Maryland Civil Rights Educational Freedom Experience, April 18-26, 2020. 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.  Check back for complete details.  



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 GavelDo 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 LawOpen 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.


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!

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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