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Maryland Commission on Civil Rights

The Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) represents the interest of the State to ensure equal opportunity for all through enforcement of Titles 20 of the State Government Article, and 19 of the State Procurement & Finance Article, Annotated Code of Maryland.  MCCR investigates complaints of discrimination in employmenthousingpublic accommodations and the State’s commercial non-discrimination policy from members of protected classes that are covered under those laws.

MCCR is governed by a nine-member Commission appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Maryland Senate.  Commission members are appointed to serve six-year terms.  The Commission meets once a month to set policy and review programmatic initiatives.

The Commission is an independent agency that serves individuals, businesses, and communities throughout the State.  Its mandate is to protect against discrimination based on race, color, religion or creed, sex, age, ancestry or national origin, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.  In employment cases, discrimination based on genetic information is prohibited. In housing cases, discrimination based on familial status is also unlawful.

In addition, the Commission assists employers in developing bias-free selection, hiring, retention, promotion and contracting procedures; increases equal housing opportunities to all groups in Maryland; ensures equal access to public accommodations and services; promotes knowledge and understanding of anti-discrimination laws; and helps to improve civil rights within the State.

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