Counties Raise Concerns Over Employment Discrimination Reporting Standards

MACo Policy Associate Drew Jabin submitted testified on February 25, 2020 in support with amendments of HB 703 – Maryland Commission on Civil Rights – Employment Discrimination – Reporting.

As written, this bill would require Maryland’s largest counties – Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties — to submit information to the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights regarding employment discrimination complaints. MACo does not take issue with the idea of reporting this information to the Commission, but raised concerns that the reporting from these counties would appear unfairly inflated.

From the MACo Testimony:

MACo raises concern with the language in the bill that specifies the county office of civil rights shall report the “number of complaints received alleging discrimination in employment,” rather than the completed findings to determine if there were any substantiated wrongdoings by the employer. In
many instances, the claims lead to no violation by the employer. In order to get a more appropriate representation of discrimination issues, the information reported should be the completed findings.

Follow MACo’s advocacy efforts during the 2020 legislative session on MACo’s Legislative Tracking Database.

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