HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT OF DISCRIMINATION
The Human Relations Department has authority to accept formal complaints of
discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations.
The problem must have occurred in Frederick County. In an employment complaint,
the employer must have more than four employees. The problem must have occurred
in the last six months, or the problem is of a continuing nature. After six
months, your right to file the complaint locally, ends.
You must be able to state why you believe the problem
occurred -- because of your national origin, disability, sex (gender only),
marital status, religion, source of income (housing only), familial status
(housing only), race or age. Exceptions apply (all situations are not covered
Be prepared with exact or approximate dates of occurrences and the names of
other people who have had similar concerns but with different treatment. Keep all documentation related to the
If you have a concern, let us discuss it.
You may call our office, or walk in (Mon-Fri., 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.),
services are free and confidential.
Evening hours are available by appointment. We can be reached by telephone at 301-600-1109, 711 for Maryland
Relay Services, or visit the office at 5370 Public Safety Place, Frederick,
The Department also provides equal opportunity information.
Calls from employers and organizations are welcome. If we can prevent
discrimination from occurring or help the employer understand what may be
considered appropriate steps in individual situations, such inquiries
contribute to our goal of full equity for all, and the elimination and
prevention of illegal bias.