Human Relations Commission Complaint Form

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The Human Relations Commission of the City of Lafayette investigates complaints of discrimination in the City of Lafayette.
Discrimination: Any difference in the treatment of a person, including exclusion or segregation because of race, sex, religion, color, sexual orientation, disability, familial status, gender identity or national origin.
The alleged discrimination must take place within the City limits of Lafayette in
Employment: Working for another for wages or salary, but excluding an individual employed by parents, spouse or child, or in the domestic services of another and employment by a church, church school, or church affiliated day care center.
Housing: Any building or structure that is occupied as, or designed or intended for occupancy as a residency by one or more families.
Public Accommodations: Any place which is open to, accepts, or solicits the patronage of the general public or offers goods or services to the general public, but does not include any place which is a bona-fide private club where the accommodations, facilities, and services are restricted to the member of such club and their guests.
This complaint form must be filed with the Human Relations Commission no later than 90 days after the alleged discrimination occurred. The complaint form can be mailed or delivered to the
Human Relations Commission,
Economic Development Department
515 Columbia Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

After the complaint form is received, the Human Relations chairperson and the City Attorney will review the form for appropriateness. If the complaint is appropriate, the commission members and the agency or institution named in the complaint will be notified. You and the agency or institution will be given the opportunity to participate in mediation. The Commission will appoint a mediator to facilitate the mediation. Should you or the agency or institution decline mediation or a resolution cannot be reached as a result of mediation, the Commission will appoint an investigator(s) to contact you regarding all the pertinent facts.
The Commission may take the following action:
1. If the Commission finds that the facts do not support your complaint, you and those charged with the alleged discrimination will be notified in writing.
2. If the Commission finds cause to believe that you have been discriminated against, it will try to reach an agreement satisfactory to you and the party or parties you have charged.
3. If an agreement is not reached within a reasonable period of time, the Commission may hold a formal hearing after providing a ten day notice by registered mail to all parties. All persons so notified may be represented by counsel and may present evidence. When all relevant information has been furnished to the Commission and the parties have been given an opportunity to be heard, the Commission will make a determination and may order compliance with the Commission’s decision.
4. If compliance cannot be achieved, the matter may be referred to the City Attorney for appropriate action. A fine of up to $300 can be levied against all persons not appearing for the hearing after they have been properly notified.
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