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CLICK HERE to download the Office of Human Rights Complaint Form.

COMPLAINTS OF DISCRIMINIATION IN THE WORKPLACE

The Office of Human Rights will receive, and in cases that are covered by the Human Rights Ordinance, will investigate complaints concerning discriminatory practices in workplaces within the City of Charlottesville. Those workplace discrimination complaints received by this office that are covered under federal law will be referred to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The City of Charlottesville Human Rights Office will be working with the EEOC to help make it easier for citizens to file charges of discrimination regarding practices that take place in the City of Charlottesville.  Appointments to meet with an EEOC representative in Charlottesville can be made through this office, by calling 434-970-3023.

For more information about the EEOC click here.

COMPLAINTS OF DISCRIMINATION IN HOUSING

If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination in the rental or purchase of housing within the City of Charlottesville, you may contact the Human Rights Office by phone at 434-970-3023, or by email to humanrights@charlottesville.org.

Your complaint will be referred to the Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA) for investigation and resolution in cooperation with our office. For more information about PHA and Fair Housing Resources click here.

COMPLAINTS OF DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION, CREDIT, AND PLACES OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION

If you believe you have been subjected to an unlawful discriminatory practice in the areas of private education, credit (lending), or places of public accommodation (any privately owned place open to the public) within the City of Charlottesville, you may contact the Office of Human Rights by phone at 434-970-3023, or by email at humanrights@charlottesville.org. This office will refer to the appropriate organization or agency any issues not covered by the HRO.

COMPLAINTS OF DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION/GENDER IDENTITY

Charlottesville’s Human Rights Ordinance provides that "’discrimination on the basis of sex’ is defined to include, but not be limited to, discrimination on the basis of gender identity, transgender status or sexual orientation."

Virginia law does not include discrimination based on LGBTQ status within its definition of "on the basis of sex." In enacting the Ordinance, the City of Charlottesville desired to be fully inclusive, in anticipation of a time when federal and state law will recognize LGBTQ status as protected from unlawful discrimination.

With the understanding that the powers of the Commission to address this type of complaint are currently limited, if you believe your gender identity, transgender status or sexual orientation formed the basis for discriminatory treatment you received within the City of Charlottesville, you are invited to contact the Human Rights Office by calling 434-970-2023 or emailing humanrights@charlottesville.org.