Attorney General Brown joins coalition to protect Maryland homeowners from discriminatory insurance practices

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown has joined a coalition of 15 Attorneys General filing an amicus brief (PDF) supporting the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in a legal challenge to HUD’s prohibition on housing practices that may appear neutral but in reality are discriminatory under the Fair Housing Act. The HUD regulation, known as the Disparate […]

Attorney General Brown testifies on civil rights enforcement, other key legislative priorities

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown on Wednesday testified in support of proposed legislation that reflects his top priorities as Maryland’s new Attorney General—fighting discrimination and inequities, protecting Marylanders against civil rights violations, pursuing remedies for unlawful police practices, and enhancing public safety. “We want every Marylander to have an equal shot at all the rights and privileges of […]

Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office resolves disability discrimination lawsuit against developer overseeing Perry Hall senior apartment complex, other housing communities

BALTIMORE, MD—United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron and Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division this week announced that Maryland-based developer Stavrou Associates, Inc. and related entities have agreed to pay $185,000 to settle claims that they violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act […]

Governor Hogan announces enhanced patrols to protect Asian businesses, communities [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—At an event in Ellicott City this week, Governor Larry Hogan announced that he has directed Maryland State Police, in coordination with chiefs and sheriffs across the state, to increase enhanced visibility patrols in response to anti-Asian violence and discrimination in recent weeks. In addition, the governor: Encouraged victims and witnesses to report incidents to the state’s Hate Crimes […]

Baltimore County reaches settlement with U.S. Department of Justice in hiring discrimination case

TOWSON, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski this week announced that Baltimore County has reached a settlement agreement to resolve claims by the U.S. Department of Justice alleging unintentional hiring discrimination by the Baltimore County Police Department in the years prior to Olszewski taking office. “Our Police Department should look like the communities it serves and, even prior to this lawsuit, I […]

Attorney General Frosh urges HHS not to finalize changes to non-discrimination regulations

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on Thursday joined a multistate coalition in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging it not to finalize its proposed regulation, “Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities” (Section 1557 Rule). Section 1557 prohibits discrimination in health care based on gender, race, ethnicity, sex, age, or […]

Johnny Olszewski signs HOME Act into law [VIDEO]

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski signed the HOME Act into law on Tuesday. The controversial Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act was passed earlier this month by a vote that, not surprisingly, went along party lines. The HOME Act, which Olszewski introduced in October, makes it illegal for a landlord to refuse to rent to a potential tenant based on […]

Bevins receiving death threats, Marks issues statement

UPDATE: The HOME Act has been signed into law. Original story below… —— NOTTINGHAM, MD—In the wake of this week’s passage of the HOME Act, Councilwoman Cathy Bevins has reportedly been receiving death threats. Earlier this week, the Baltimore County Council passed the HOME Act, which will prevent landlords from discriminating against potential renters who use vouchers as a source […]