File a Discrimination Complaint

File a Complaint

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Overview

If a person or business has discriminated against you because of your race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, the Hillsborough County Human Rights Ordinance protects you and you can file a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Administrator's Office (EOA).

Eligibility

  • Must live in unincorporated Hillsborough County or Plant City
  • Discrimination Involves one of the following classes:
    • race
    • color
    • gender
    • age
    • national origin
    • religion
    • disability
    • marital status
    • familial status
    • sexual orientation
    • gender identity or expression

Fees

There are no fees associated with filing a complaint.

Benefits

  • A possible resolution with relief to the discrimination issue
    • Please note that filing a complaint does not guarantee a resolution or any restitution
  • Bring attention to the issue so others are not discriminated against

Things To Consider

  • You must file complaints concerning  employment, public accommodations County contracting and procurement activities, and credit extension practices within 180 days of the incident
    • You can file those claims from this page using our online submission form
  • Complaint types:
    • Employment
      •  All employment practices are covered
      • Employers with five or more employees working thirty (30) or more hours per week are covered by the ordinance
      • Existing Federal laws cover state and Federal employees, and these employees may file complaints through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR)
      • Employees of the State of Florida should contact the EEOC
    • Public Accommodations
      • No person may be refused admittance, service or provided different conditions of service in any facility that is open to the public and licensed by the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, Department of Business Regulation or Hillsborough County
      • Exemptions include membership clubs or other establishments not open to the public
    • County Contracting and Procurement Activities
      • Procurement Activities under the control of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners
    • Credit Extension Practices
      • All aspects of a credit transaction

Housing Complaints

  • Housing complaints are covered by the federal Fair Housing Act
  • To file a Fair Housing complaint, visit our housing complaints page
  • You must file the complaint within one year of the incident

Discrimination Inside Tampa City Limits

  • If the discriminatory incident happened with the city limits of Tampa, call their Office of Human Rights and Community Services at (813) 274-5835

How To

  1. Gather information about the incident
    • Date
    • Address where discrimination/harassment took place
    • Name, address and phone of person/business that you feel discriminated against you
    • Respondents reason for the behavior, if they gave any
    • Witness information (if any)
    • Description of event
  2. Determine what you would like to see happen as a result of this review
  3. Fill out the intake form
  4. Submit

What's Next

  1. Our EOA office will contact you after we receive the complaint and determine if the allegations are covered by the Hillsborough County Human Rights Ordinance 
  2. If we determine the allegations are covered, we will send you a packet of information
  3. We will start the investigation and work with both parties to resolve the dispute

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