THE CITY OF SARASOTA'S
HUMAN RELATIONS BOARD
It is the desire of the City Commission to foster and encourage
the growth and development of the City of Sarasota in a manner that
will assure all persons an equal opportunity to live free of discrimination.
On August 8, 2003, the City Commission of the City of Sarasota passed Ordinance
Number 03-44621 which prohibits discrimination on
the basis of age, color, disability, gender, marital status, national
origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status, in
the areas of housing, employment and public accommodation.
Discriminatory practices are contrary to the public policy of the City and are
a menace to the public peace and welfare of our citizens. The City
shall direct its efforts and resources toward eliminating discriminatory
practices within the City in the areas of housing, employment and
public accommodations where they exist.
The ordinance created the Human Relations Board of the City of Sarasota and
provides a process for a person to file a complaint of discrimination
with the Board. Conciliation of a complaint is a vital part of
the process of resolving a complaint. If a complaint cannot be
conciliated or otherwise settled, it will be the subject of a public
hearing in which the Board determines whether or not there is reasonable
cause to believe that a prohibited act of discrimination occurred.
If the Board finds reasonable cause, then a notice of right to sue
letter is issued and the complainant may elect to file suit in circuit
court seeking damages or other relief provided for by the ordinance.
The Board consists of five (5) volunteer members who possess the technical,
professional, financial, business, or administrative skills necessary
to accomplish the work of the Board. Meetings are scheduled monthly,
alternating between evening and morning, to accommodate the needs
of the public. The Board is supported by the City of Sarasota’s
Human Resources Department.
law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail
address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic
mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.