FACT FINDING CONFERENCE
Pursuant to the Maryland Commission on Civil Rightsí Rules of Procedure, COMAR 14.03.01.05C(1), a fact-finding conference may been convened to (a) Define the basis and issues of the Complaint, (b) Identify the areas of agreement and disagreement, (c) Resolve disputes when possible, and (d) Determine if there is a basis for a negotiated settlement of the complaint. To facilitate this objective, the Complainant and the Complainantís Representative (if applicable) along with the Respondent and the Respondentís Representative (if applicable), will be scheduled to appear on a specified date and time to present relevant information and documentation in support of their respective positions at the fact finding conference. This conference is mandatory for the Complainant and Respondent to attend.
Once the parties have had the opportunity to present relevant information and documentation; the Commission staff may take the opportunity to speak with both parties independently to determine if conditions exist for resolving the case immediately. If no settlement can be reached during this process, the case may require further investigation, which may involve additional documentation, site visits and witness interviews. Information provided to the investigator will not be shared with the other party, unless the party submitting the information, gives consent to share the information with the other party.
The Maryland Commission on Civil Rights offers mediation services to Complainants and Respondents involved in charges of discrimination filed in any of our statewide offices. This service is voluntary and FREE for all participants.
Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process in which a neutral third person(s) facilitates communication between disputing parties to try to assist them in reaching a resolution.
For more information on mediation services please click on the Mediation Brochure link below.
The Mediation Unit of the Commission manages a roster of volunteer mediators throughout the State. To become an MCCR volunteer mediator, you must be available to mediate at least once a month during regular business hours, Monday – Friday. The Commission does not conduct mediations during evening, weekend or holiday hours.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer mediator or getting more information regarding the volunteer mediation program, please complete the Volunteer Application and/or contact Tara Taylor, Mediation Director, at 410-767-6459.
The Commission is not currently recruiting mediators or accepting volunteer applications at this time.
Mediation Participants Information:
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