MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Office of Equal Opportunity Programs
Complaint Filing Procedures
COMPLAINTS OF DISCRIMINATION
To file a discrimination complaint, complete a Discrimination Complaint Form. The complaint must be based on one or more of the following bases: age, ancestry, color, creed, genetic information, gender identity and expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religious affiliation, belief or opinion, sex/gender (pregnancy and sexual harassment) or sexual orientation.
Review, sign and date the NOTICE OF YOUR RIGHT TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH AN EXTERNAL CIVIL RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, attached to the Discrimination Complaint Form, which advises a Complainant of his/her right to file a complaint with an external commission, such as the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and filing deadlines.
Once the completed forms are received, an investigation will ensue.
An investigation will consist of the following:
Complaints of discrimination can be filed directly with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) and/or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The State commission, MCCR, accepts employment discrimination complaints based on age, ancestry, color, creed, genetic information, gender identity and expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religious affiliation, belief or opinion, sex/gender (pregnancy and sexual harassment) or sexual orientation.
The Federal commission, EEOC, accepts employment discrimination complaints based on race/color, age, sex (pregnancy and sexual harassment, religion, national origin, disability, equal compensation, genetic information and retaliation.
Any employee or applicant for employment, who believes that he or she has experienced discrimination, has a right to file a formal complaint with the State or Federal agencies listed below. A person does not give up this right when he or she files a complaint with the MDH Office of Equal Opportunity Programs. The following State and Federal agencies enforce laws related to discrimination:
Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR)6 St. Paul Street, 9th FloorBaltimore, Maryland 21201Phone: 410-767-8600
United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)G.H. Fallon Federal Building
31 Hopkins Plaza, Suite 1432
Baltimore, MD. 21201
FILING DEADLINES FOR COMPLAINTS OF DISCRIMINATION
Statutory Time Periods for the Timely Filing of Charges of Discrimination (measure from the occurrence of the discriminatory action):
STATE FAIR PRACTICES/EEO OFFICES TIMELINE
Steps in Procedures
An applicant or employee may file a written complaint with the appropriate head of the principal unit within 30 days after the complainant knew, or reasonably should have known, of the alleged violation of the State’s Fair Employment Practices Policy (SPP 2-302)
After receiving the complaint, the agency Equal Employment Opportunity Officer shall investigate and recommend a proposed decision to the head of the principal unit. The head of the principal unit shall issue a written decision to the complainant and may grant any appropriate relief
The complainant may appeal, in writing, to the Department of Budget and Management, Office of the Statewide Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator, Room 607, 301 West Preston Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
After receiving the appeal, the Statewide Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator shall review the complaint and the agency decision and conduct any necessary investigation and/or mediation conference. The Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator shall issue the final decision which may be to grant the relief requested by the complainant or dismiss the complaint.
Source: State Personnel & Pensions Article, Title 5, Subtitle 2
201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2399
(410) 767-6500 or 1-877-463-3464