Employee Protections and Employer Responsibilities: During COVID-19, employers must still follow federal, state, and local laws regarding employment discrimination. It may be disparate treatment, disparate impact, harassment, or retaliation, for an employer to enact policies or practices that have the intention or consequence of disproportionately impacting certain employees. For example, if an employer requires certain employees to continue performing job functions without providing personal protective equipment (PPE), but does not require this of other employees, or provides PPE for other employees, this may be discrimination. If someone has been subjected to unfair treatment by an employer, call the Community Relations Commission line.
COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION: Enforces Article IV of the Baltimore City Code, which prohibits discrimination in the areas of employment, public accommodations, housing, education, and health and welfare services on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Has the authority to subpoena information and witnesses, to hold public hearings when reconciliation attempts fail, to issue cease and desist orders, and to take unresolved cases into court through the City Law Department.
CIVILIAN REVIEW BOARD: Processes complaints lodged by members of the public who allege abusive language, harassment, false arrest, false imprisonment or excessive force by members of various law enforcement agencies in the City of Baltimore.
MAYOR'S COMMISSION ON DISABILITIES: Responsible for enforcement of public accommodations and ADA concerns.
WAGE INVESTIGATION: Enforces the local minimum, living, and prevailing wage laws. Investigates wage complaints as well as inspect payrolls to prevent wage fraud. Each year the Commission sets the new prevailing and living wage rates for the city. Investigates and arbitrates conflicts between employers and employees concerning wages. Helps persons receive fair treatment with their wages. Investigates and sometimes mediates wage disputes and overtime issues.
**The Wage Commission was established by City Ordinance to enforce provisions of the City Wage Law and to establish prevailing and living wages for employees of contractors doing business with the City. The Wage Commission is the city agency that enforces the minimum wage, the living wage, and the prevailing wage in the City of Baltimore.**
Civilian Review Board:
Community Relations Commission:
7 East Redwood Street
Agency: Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights
Languages Available: Language Line.
Payment Description: None.
Intake and Eligibility: Anyone who wants to file an employment or housing discrimination complaint or a complaint regarding police misconduct. Anyone who believes they are owed a wage or are not being paid a proper wage may file a complaint with the Wage Commission.