How does the Commission handle a complaint of discrimination?
If the commission determines that a complaint may have merit, it will first try to resolve the problem through mediation. That is, Commissioners will facilitate a discussion between the party who has made the complaint and the party against whom it has been filed. The goal of mediation is an agreement that satisfies both sides.

If mediation does not work, or if the party against whom the complaint has been filed refuses to meet, the Commission may refer the case to appropriate state or federal agencies with a recommendation that it be investigated. In housing cases, the Commission may hold a public hearing to determine whether the complaint has validity. If the hearing shows that an illegal act has taken place, the Commission shall issue orders as appropriate or refer the case to the appropriate local and state agencies for action.

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1. What is the Annapolis Human Relations Commission?
2. What does the Commission do?
3. What kinds of discrimination can the commission investigate?
4. How does the Commission handle a complaint of discrimination?
5. How do I file a complaint?
6. Can I attend meetings of the Commission?