Relief for Complainants

To date, the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) has recovered $225,750 in monetary relief for complainants who filed complaints of unlawful discrimination with the agency this fiscal year (beginning July 1).

MCCR is authorized by Title 20 of the State Government Article to pursue various forms of relief for complainants who have allegations of unlawful discrimination pending before our agency where (1) MCCR issues a finding of probable cause, and/or (2) the parties seek to resolve the matter administratively. The type of relief that is pursued by either the Commission and/or the parties depends on the merits of the complaint, as well as the harm experienced by the complainant. The different options for relief by area of discrimination include, but are not limited to:​

Employment
  • Monetary relief for the victim, including lost/back wages, overtime, and actual damages.
  • Injunctive relief to bar the continuation of discriminatory behavior.
  • Training for the employer and/or the employees.
  • Hiring or reinstatement into a position.
  • Ordering the compliance with requests for a reasonable accommodation.
  • Drafting of or revising anti-discrimination policies for all employees.

Housing
  • Monetary relief for the victim.
  • Civil penalty can be awarded to the State of Maryland.
  • Injunctive relief to bar the continuation of discriminatory behavior.
  • Training for the housing provider.
  • Ordering the compliance with requests for a reasonable accommodation.

Public Accommodations
  • Civil penalty can be awarded to the State of Maryland - $500 first offense, $1000 second offense, $2500 third offense.
  • Ordering compliance with accessibility standards for individuals with disabilities.

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