Federal, State & Local Agencies

Frederick County Human Relations Department (FCHRD)

  • 401 Sagner Avenue
    Frederick, MD 21701

The department investigates complaints of discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, physical or mental handicap, source of income, familial status in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations. Cases may be referred to other agencies depending on jurisdiction, the needs of the complainant and other circumstances. The department provides technical assistance and information to the public school system, citizens and employers.

  • Ph: 301-600-1109
  • 711 for Maryland Relay Services

Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

  • 10 S. Howard St.
    3rd Floor
    Baltimore, MD 21201

The commission investigates complaints of discrimination based on age, disability, race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin retaliation and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

  • Ph: 410-962-3932 (Recorded Message)
  • Ph: 800-669-4000 (To File a Complaint)
  • Ph: 866-408-8075 (Field Office)
  • Ph: 410-209-2761 (Field Office)
  • Ph: 410-962-6065 (TTY)
  • EEOC Communication and Legislative Affairs
    Ph: 202-663-4900

Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR)

  • 6 St. Paul St.
    9th Floor
    Baltimore, MD 21202

The commission investigates complaints of discrimination in the areas of employment, public accommodation and housing and commercial non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, physical, or mental handicap, age and retaliation.

  • Ph: 410-767-8600 (Baltimore Office)
  • Ph: 800-673-6247
  • Fx: 410-333-1841

Maryland Commission on Civil Rights - Hagerstown Office

  • Elizabeth Hager Center
    44 N. Potomac St.
    Hagerstown, MD 21740
  • Ph: 301-791-3059

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

  • Liberty Square Building
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
  • Ph: 215-656-0500
  • Ph: 800-669-9777
  • Ph: 800-927-9275 (Press 94 to reach Fair Housing)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Laverne Brooks, Fair Housing
    10 S. Howard Street, 5th Floor
    Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Ph: 410-962-2520, ext. 3011

Investigates fair housing issues through the Philadelphia regional office. Technical assistance is provided through the Baltimore office. Federal fair housing law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, familial status, sex, disability, national origin and religion.

Montgomery County Human Rights Office

  • 21 Maryland Ave.
    Suite 330
    Rockville, MD 20850
  • Ph: 240-777-8450
  • Ph: 240-777-8480 (TTY)
  • Fx: 240-777-8460

If you work in Montgomery County and live in Frederick County you may be able to file a complaint of discrimination through the Montgomery County office, or the MCCR address provided above. The Human Rights commissioner investigates complaints based on race, age, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, disability, familial status, genetic information, source of income, presence of children and family responsibilities.

U.S. Department of Labor

Investigates family and medical leave complaints.

  • Ph: 410-962-3199
  • Ph: 202-219-8412

Maryland Department of Licensing & Regulation

Enforces wage and employment standards including wages and hours, minimum wage, overtime, child labor laws.

  • Ph: 410-767-2398

State Licensed Professional Services

  • State Department of Labor
    Licensing and Regulations Division of Occupational and Professional License
    1101 N. Eutaw St.
    Room 600
    Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Ph: 410-230-6231

If you believe a person or company has unsanitary conditions, is operating without a license or has other non-professional practices, and this company must be licensed by the State of Maryland, you may also be able to file a complaint with the appropriate board which licenses the professional service in question. For example, people who sell real estate, operate beauty salons and barber shops, home improvement companies, are licensed by a specific state board.

Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Division

This office will mediate some disputes involving written contracts, verbal contracts and product warranties. Please call regarding appointments in Frederick and note that the headquarters is in Baltimore.

  • Ph: 301-791-4780
  • Ph: 301-600-1071

Regional Manager, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    150 S. Independence Mall West
    Suite 372
    Public Ledger Building
    Philadelphia, PA 19106-9111
  • Ph: 215-861-4441
  • Ph: 215-861-4440 (TTY)
  • Fx: 215-861-4431

Enforces the federal requirement for health and human services entities who directly or indirectly receive federal dollars to provide language interpreters for non-English speaking people at no cost to the service recipient. OCR investigates charges, conducts compliance reviews, attempts to obtain voluntary compliance, and provides technical assistance. People who believe they have been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin may file a complaint within 180 days from the date the alleged discrimination occurred.