Human Relations Commission
The Executive Director’s staff receives and investigates complaints and brings enforcement action involving discrimination under Division 12 of the County Code in the areas of:
- Financial Lending
- Law Enforcement Conduct (all sworn officers in the county, except county Police Officers)
- Public Accommodations
- Real Estate Transactions
The Executive Director administratively prosecutes cases of discrimination before an independent 13-Member Commission, which hears and decides cases involving discrimination and violations of civil rights of victims. Cases are heard in a Public Hearing.
Those who have been discriminated against on the basis of their: Race, Color, Religion, National Origin, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Disability, Occupation, Family Status, Marital Status, Personal Appearance, Political Opinion, Criminal Record ( employment), may file a claim with our office within 180 days of the occurrence (within 300 days for Housing Discrimination).
Damage Awards and Fines
The Commission can award victims up to $200,000 in damages for harm caused by the discrimination and penalize violators up to $10,000.
The Human Relation Commission has a work share agreement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [EEOC], which empowers the Commission and its Staff to investigate and enforce all federal discrimination laws related to:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1981
- Age Discrimination and Employment Act of 1967 [ADEA]
- Equal Pay Act of 1963
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 [ADA]
- Genetic Information Discrimination in Employment- [GINA]
The Commission has the authority to “dually file” a federally protected based complaint of unlawful discrimination arising in Prince George’s County.
This dual file status eliminates the need for complainants to travel to the EEOC District Office in Baltimore, Maryland to file their complaint.
The Executive Director is also leading the process for the County to receive certification by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to affirmatively further fair housing by processing Housing Discrimination cases.