Human Rights Ordinance Complaint Process
About the Human Rights Ordinance
The City of Champaign Human Rights Ordinance was developed with the intent to secure an end to discrimination in the areas of:
- Public Accommodation
On the basis of age, sex, race, color, creed, religion, education, physical or mental disability, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, sexual preference, family responsibilities, source of income, prior arrest or conviction record.
Step-by-Step Human Rights Ordinance Complaint Process
Filing a Human Rights Ordinance Complaint
If you believe you have been discriminated against you may file a discrimination complaint. You must file a charge of discrimination within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory act. The Community Relations Specialist will investigate the charge after it has been filed and conclude it within the 180 day limit.
Complaints may be filed by either personal delivery or mail. If needed, the Community Relations Staff will provide assistance in drafting and filing the complaint. The complaint must be in writing and signed.
You may pick up a complaint form in the Community Relations Office at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil Street, Champaign.
There is no fee for filing with the Community Relations Office.
The Community Relations Specialist’s job is to collect and summarize the evidence from the complainant and the respondent. Thus, you will be asked to supply documents to support your allegation of discrimination. The information collected will be used to determine if you were treated differently than other similarly situated individuals or groups who are not in a protected class.
Note: You may have other rights or causes of action which do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Champaign Human Rights Ordinance. If you feel you do, you should contact an attorney.
At any time during an investigation, the Community Relations Specialist can attempt to resolve the dispute through mediation, if both parties agree. Mediation seeks a voluntary resolution of the dispute by the parties without deciding the merits of the case. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the complaint will proceed through investigation and public hearing, if necessary.
A variety of fact-finding techniques may be used in the investigation of the complaint. Generally, this includes reviewing documents submitted by both parties, as well as conducting interviews with the complainant, respondent’s personnel, and other witnesses. At the conclusion of the investigation, the Community Relations Specialist will make a determination
- No Probable Cause Determination
If it is determined that there is insufficient evidence to support the allegations of the complaint, the Community Relations Specialist will issue a No Probable Cause Ruling and dismiss the case.
- Probable Cause Determination
If it is determined that there is sufficient evidence to conclude that a violation of the City of Champaign Human Rights Ordinance occurred, the Community Relations Specialist will negotiate with the respondent to reach a voluntary agreement to settle the complaint.
If attempts to reach a settlement fail, the case is tried at a public hearing before the City of Champaign Human Relations Commission.