The Executive Director’s staff receives and investigates complaints and brings enforcement action involving discrimination under Division 12 of the County Code in the areas of:
The Executive Director administratively prosecutes cases of discrimination before an independent 13-Member Commission, which hears and decides cases involving discrimination and violations of civil rights of victims. Cases are heard in a Public Hearing.
Those who have been discriminated against on the basis of their: Race, Color, Religion, National Origin, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Disability, Occupation, Family Status, Marital Status, Personal Appearance, Political Opinion, Criminal Record ( employment), may file a claim with our office within 180 days of the occurrence (within 300 days for Housing Discrimination).
Damage Awards and Fines
The Commission can award victims up to $200,000 in damages for harm caused by the discrimination and penalize violators up to $10,000.