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Omaha Municipal Code prohibits discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity in connection with employment, housing, and public accommodation (bars, restaurants, hotels, etc.).

Filing a Charge

If you believe you are the victim of discrimination by any other party whether an individual, a company, a group or an agency, you should contact the Human Rights and Relations Department as soon as possible after you learn of the discriminatory act.

A person does not need an attorney to file a complaint or be represented through the OHRRD's investigation or hearing procedures.  However, individuals do have a right to be represented by an attorney at their own expense, if they so choose.


Start the Filing Process

Employment and Public Accommodation charges must be filed within 180 days of the alleged act of discrimination.  Housing charges must be filed within 365 days of the alleged act of discrimination.  Click on the appropriate link below to start the filing process:

Employment Discrimination Complaint Form Housing Discrimination Complaint Form Public Accommodation Discrimination Complaint Form
     
ADA Complaint Intake Form Title VI Complaint Form  


Retain any receipts, forms, records or other documents to help substantiate your charge.

A representative of the Human Rights and Relations Department will assist you in filing your charge which you must sign under oath or affirmation.

After You File

An investigator of the Human Rights and Relations Department will investigate your charge and gather the evidence needed to determine if unlawful discrimination occurred.

If unlawful discrimination is found, the Human Rights and Relations Department will try to resolve the matter through conference, conciliation or persuasion.  If these methods are unsuccessful, the Human Rights and Relations Department will initiate a hearing before the Civil Rights Hearing Board.

If the Human Rights and Relations Department or other parties (i.e. company, individual) disagree with the Civil Rights Hearing Board's decision, the Department or the other party may appeal the case to the district court.

If no unlawful discrimination is found, the Human Rights and Relations Director will administratively dismiss your charge.  You can then request a reconsideration by the Human Rights and Relations Board.  To request a reconsideration you must:

  • Submit a written request which contains a brief statement of the reasons for the request and any new evidence in support of the request; and,

  • Mail or deliver the request to the following: The Human Rights and Relations Director, the person against whom you filed the charge and the Chair of the Human Rights and Relations Board within ten (10) days from the date that you receive the notice.

To achieve best results the Department needs:

  • YOUR COOPERATION.  You must help us develop the case since you are more familiar with it than we are.  You must tell us the facts as they are, even those facts which may weaken the case.  You must answer all your questions honestly and completely.

  • YOUR TRUST.   We will make every effort to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the true facts in the cases as quickly as possible.  We keep all information confidential.