Office of Human Rights
Intake appointments for complaints of discrimination will be conducted by telephone or online. To file a complaint, please call 410-313-6430 or Online at: Online Complaint. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

The Howard County Office of Human Rights is an entity of the Howard County Government that seeks to eradicate discrimination, increase equal opportunity and protect and promote Human Rights in the county. The Office serves as a catalyst in fostering attitudes and beliefs among Howard County residents which confirm that all individuals have an equal opportunity to enjoy a wholesome and productive quality of life and can pursue their lives free of discrimination.

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What We Do:
  • Investigates and processes complaints of unlawful discrimination in Employment, Housing, Public Accommodation, and Financing (Lending Institutions).  The Office accepts complaints by Law Enforcement, but the complaint will be investigated by the Howard County Police Department.
  • Resolves complaints by conference, conciliation or through mediation
  • Enforces the Howard County Human Rights Law
  • Conducts public hearings on issues affecting the protection and promotion of Human Rights
  • Conducts studies, surveys and publishes reports
  • Recommends policies on Civil and Human Rights to the County Executive
  • Cooperates with other local, state, and federal agencies and officials to protect and promote better human relations
  • Serves as advocate to address issues involving discrimination, human relations and diversity
  • Initiates and participates in outreach activities and events with governmental and community organizations
  • Serves as a liaison with the public, governmental agencies and community groups to develop educational programs, heightens public awareness of discrimination and methods of eliminating discrimination