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HELP AGAINST DISCRIMINATION

IN

EMPLOYMENT - HOUSING - PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION

The City of Sarasota prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation for the following:

PROTECTED CLASSES
 

Age

National  origin

 

Color

Race

 

Disability

Religion

 

Gender

Sexual  orientation

  Marital  status Veteran  status
The City of Sarasota has a law that provides a way to address discrimination informally through a conciliation/ public hearing process. The goal of this process is to resolve discrimination complaints without having to go to court. Should conciliation fail to resolve the issue, a public hearing is also available.

You may be eligible to use this process if you meet the pre-qualifying guidelines described in this brochure.

If you are in a protected class and believe you have been discriminated against in the areas of employment, housing, or public accommodation you may qualify for help.  The alleged discrimination must have occurred within the city limits of Sarasota and must have occurred within 90 days in order to qualify for help.

PRE-QUALIFYING QUESTIONS

Please answer the following five pre-qualifying questions to see if this process may help you:

1.
Do you believe you have been discriminated against regarding employment, housing, or public accommodation?   
Yes
No
2.
Do you believe this alleged discrimination was because you belong to one of the protected classes in the list on page 1? 
Yes
No
3.
Did this alleged discrimination occur within the city limits of Sarasota?
Yes
No
4.
Did this alleged discrimination occur within the last 90 days?
Yes
No
5.
If you file a complaint, will it be the first time you have filed a complaint for this claim of alleged discrimination?
Yes
No
6.
Have you filed your complaint with another agency? Yes No

DO I QUALIFY TO FILE A COMPLAINT?

If you answered YES to each question you may be eligible for help through the conciliation/public hearing process.  You may wish to file a complaint with the City’s Human Relations Board.

EXEMPTIONS

There are several exemptions from the new law.  An explanation of these exemptions will be sent to you upon request.

HOW DO I FILE A COMPLAINT?

Complaints must be filed in writing on City of Sarasota Human Relations Board forms.  You may pick up forms at the City of Sarasota’s Human Resources Dept., 111 S. Orange Ave., Rm. 204.  You may also call the City's HR Department at 941-951-3666.
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ADDITIONAL AGENCIES

Another agency may help you.  Please contact the appropriate agency on the list below for more information.

EMPLOYMENT
 

EEOC

813-228-2310

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 

800-669-4000 (Toll free)

 

501 East Polk Street, Suite 1000

813-228-2003 (TTY for hearing impaired)

 

Tampa, FL  33602

800-669-6820 (TTY toll free)

HOUSING
 

HUD

813-228-2026

 

Office of Housing and Urban Development 

813-228-2115 (TTD for hearing impaired)

 

Timberlake Federal Building

 
 

500 E. Zack Street, Suite 402

 
 

Tampa, FL  33602-2945

 
     
 

HUD Housing Discrimination Hotline

800-669-9777 (Toll free English/Spanish)

 

servicing the Sarasota area

800-927-9275 (Toll free TTI for hearing impaired)

YOU DON'T KNOW WHO TO CALL?

 

Sarasota Human Relations Board

941-951-3666

   

941-951-3601 (TDD hearing impaired)

     
 

FLA Commission on Human Relations

850-488-7082

 

2009 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 100

Those with communication impairments, please call:

 

Tallahassee, FL  32301

800-955-1339 (TDD ASCII Callers)

   

800-955-8771 (TDD Baudot Callers)

   

800-955-8770 (Voice Callers)

CITY OF SARASOTA
HUMAN RELATIONS BOARD
111 S. Orange Avenue
Sarasota, FL  34236
941-951-3666

   
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