Human Relations Commission

Overview

The Human Relations Commission was established by County Ordinance in 1974,under Division 12 of the County Code, to protect the civil rights of individuals who work and live in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Responsibilities

  • The Commission is the Civil Rights agency for the County.
  • The Commission, through its Executive Director and the Commission Staff, processes and investigates alleged acts of discrimination that arise within the County.
  • The Commission hears cases in a Public Hearing forum, upon referral from the Executive Director, or on appeal from a recommendation of dismissal by the Executive Director.
  • Commissioners and the Executive Director also make appearances throughout the County to meet with residents, municipalities, companies and community groups to promote the agency and its services.

What We Do

We receive and investigate complaints and bring enforcement action involving discrimination under Division 12 of the County Code in the areas of:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Financial Lending
  • Housing
  • Law Enforcement Conduct (all sworn officers in the county, except county Police Officers)
  • Public Accommodations

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.

Where Do I Begin

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).

What Can I Expect

The Commission can award victims up to $200,000 in damages for harm caused by the discrimination and penalize violators up to $10,000.

Commission Partners

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: