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About Us

Human Relations Commission
Drumcastle Government Center
6401 York Road, Suite 1013
Baltimore, Maryland 21212

Telephone: 410-887-5917
TDD: 410-339-7520
Fax: 410-887-6079
Email:  bchrc@baltimorecountymd.gov

Leadership

  • Jason A. Blavatt, Esq., Chairperson
  • Marsha J. Parham, Executive Director
  • Fifteen member Commission Board

Mandate

Article 3, Title 3, Subtitle 11 of the Baltimore County Code, 2003 establishes and mandates the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission to investigate complaints of discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, education, public accommodations, and finance on the bases of race, color, creed, age, religion, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), physical and mental disability, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression. The definitions and procedures for executing the public policy to eliminate discriminatory practices within the County are contained in Article 29 of the Code.

Mission

The mission of the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission is to eliminate discrimination through enforcement of its anti-discrimination human rights law that prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, education and finance, on the bases of age, color, creed, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, religion, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.

The Commission provides proactive education and outreach activities to enhance human relations, and forms partnerships with agencies and organizations to promote equal opportunity to the citizens and those conducting business in Baltimore County.

Authority

The Commission's primary responsibility is to enforce its law, Article 29 of the Baltimore County Code, 2003. In addition to investigating complaints of discrimination, the Commission, in consultation with the Executive Director, is empowered to:

  • Coordinate and conduct trainings and seminars in intergroup relations
  • Initiate and conduct surveys, studies, inquiries, and public hearings
  • Make recommendations on intergroup relations to the County Executive and County Council
  • Co-operate with other commissions, agencies, organizations, and groups including, but not limited to federal, state, and counties
  • Provide for conciliation and mediation services

View information about Article 29 of the Baltimore County Code, the Baltimore County Human Relations Law.

Jurisdiction

The Commission's jurisdiction covers employment, employers with one or more employees, housing, public accommodations, education, and finance related complaints that are only in Baltimore County. The Commission does not have jurisdiction over County government, County board of education, or community colleges.

Revised June 18, 2013

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