Executive Director’s Message

​​On behalf of Governor Larry Hogan, Commission Chairperson Gary C. Norman, Esq., the Commissioners, and the staff of MCCR, I welcome you to the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights’ web page.  MCCR’s mission is to ensure opportunity for all through the enforcement of Maryland’s laws against discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and state contracts; to provide educational and outreach services related to provisions of this law; and to promote and improve human relations in Maryland. Our vision is to live in a Maryland that is free from any trace of unlawful discrimination.

Titles 20 of the State Government Article and 19 of the State Finance & Procurement Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, protects you from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and state contracts on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For employment cases, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an applicant or employee based on that individual’s genetic information. In housing cases, discrimination based on familial status is also unlawful.

If you believe you have been a victim of unlawful discrimination, we are available to assist you.  Utilizing our website you can learn how to file a complaint with MCCR.  You can also understand the services we provide to you, including an investigation of filed complaints, fact finding conferences, and, when necessary, legal action.

For those interested in educating our communities on the laws that make Maryland “The Free State,” we are available to partner with you, your community association, your organization, or your business.  MCCR offers programs and speakers on topics such as “Diversity & Cultural Awareness Training” and “Conflict Resolution,” just to name a few.

It is my hope that all of this information is useful to you.  Thank you for taking the time to visit our page.


Alvin O. Gillard
Executive Director