Federal Fair Housing Act

                                                                                   Equal Housing Oportunity
 
The Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibits discrimination in housing because of race/color, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability, sex or familial status.
 
It also prohibits: 
  • Refusing to rent housing
  • Denying a dwelling
  • Setting different terms, conditions or privileges for rental of a dwelling
  • Providing different housing services or facilities
  • Falsely denying that housing is available for rental or purchase
  • Refusal to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities

Investigations shall be impartial and limited in each instance to the discriminatory practice alleged in your complaint. Our files are confidential and the information gathered during the course of the investigation remains confidential until such time as a public hearing may be set. This confidentiality applies to both the complainant and the respondent. The investigation will be presented to the director who will review the facts and evidence presented by both sides and issues a determination of "Reasonable Cause" or "No Reasonable Cause" that an alleged act of discrimination may have occurred.

If a "No Reasonable Cause" determination is made, you, the complainant, will be notified of the determination and you will have ten (10) days to make a written request to the commission for a review of the finding of "No Reasonable Cause." If the director finds there is "Reasonable Cause" to believe that an alleged act of discrimination may have taken place, a staff member shall attempt to settle the matter through conciliation. If a staff member is unable to settle a complaint, the commission shall hold a public hearing. A public hearing officer will be appointed and a majority of commission members will be present during a public hearing.

All findings and orders of the commission are subject to judicial review if requested by either party. The City of Elkhart's ordinance governing these matters provides for payment of actual damages to complainant if such damages are found to be suffered. Damages paid as a result of discriminatory practices related to employment shall be limited to lost wages, salaries, commissions, and fringe benefits. Credit shall be given, in appropriate instances, for earnings received elsewhere than from the respondent and complainants must make a good faith effort to mitigate damages.

If you are seeking to recover any other type of damages, you must file your complaint with the E.E.O.C. The Human Relations Commission cannot recover compensatory or punitive damages in employment cases