As required by federal civil rights laws and regulation, the Maryland Department of the Environment (Department) has established a grievance procedure to ensure prompt and fair resolution of complaints alleging violations of state and federal civil rights laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 13 of Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Maryland law in the administration of the Department’s programs and activities.
The grievance procedure is intended to address allegations of discrimination on the basis of any of the following:
The grievance procedure provides a process for filing a timely complaint to the proper authority and describes the time frames involved in investigating and resolving the complaint. The procedures do not apply to administrative actions that are being pursued in another forum.
The Department may request additional information from the complainant if the information is needed to meet the complaint requirements described above. The Department may waive requirement two (2) if, in its discretion, additional time is needed to address allegations of potential discrimination caused by pending actions at the earliest appropriate and feasible juncture; or, for good cause.
All written complaints shall be addressed to the following address:
Duane JohnsonMaryland Department of the Environment
Office of the Secretary
1800 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21230Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Within 10 days of receiving a written complaint. The Department will provide the complainant with written notice of receipt. At that time, the Department may request any additional information needed to meet the complaint requirements above. Within 10 days of receiving any additional information, the Department will provide the complainant with written notice that the complaint is complete.
MDE employees shall not retaliate, intimidate, threaten, coerce, or discriminate against any individual or group for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege granted under 40 C.F.R. parts 5 and 7, or because an individual has filed a complaint or has testified, assisted, or participated in any way in an investigation, or has opposed any practice made unlawful under 40 C.F.R. Parts 5 and 7.
Within 120 days of accepting a written complaint, the Department will respond in writing to the complainant approving or disapproving the findings and recommendations made in the investigative report, based upon a preponderance of the evidence. MDE will implement the recommendations approved by the (Secretary) with resolution.
1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230