Complaints

The FCHR does not currently accept charges online. However, the FCHR does have a Technical Assessment Questionnaire (TAQ) that can help the FCHR in determining if it is the appropriate agency to assist you. You can access the document below. Once you complete the document and print it out, you may mail or bring it to the FCHR office to begin the process of filing a charge. Once the FCHR receives your TAQ, a Regulatory Specialist will contact you to discuss the specifics of the situation, the procedure and the next steps. At a later date, the FCHR may send an official FCHR charge form with all of the information you provided and ask that you sign and return it.

You may also file a charge by sending us a letter that includes the following information:

Your name, address, and telephone number

Name, address, and telephone number of the employer (or employment agency or union) against whom you are filing the charge

The number of employees employed there (if known)

A short description of the event(s) you believe were discriminatory (for example, you were fired, demoted, harassed)

Date the event(s) took place

Why you believe you were discriminated against (for example, because of your race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, or disability)

Signature, date, and verification

Do not forget to sign the letter. If your letter is not signed, your charge cannot be investigated. An FCHR Regulatory Specialist will review your letter and if more information is needed, he or she will contact you to gather additional information.

You can call our knowledgeable intake staff at 1-800-342-8170 at any time to ask questions and get additional information.

Final Orders

The Orders of The State of Florida Commission on Human Relations are issued pursuant to the Commission?s authority under the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 ( Sections 760.01-760.11 and 509.092) and under the Fair Housing Act ( Sections 760.20-760.37) Florida Statutes.

Please note that the official reporter of the Commission's final orders is Florida Administrative Law Reports.

See Fla. Admin. Code R 60Y-2.007(f).

Mediation

The purpose of mediation is to provide a way for both parties to exchange concerns and work toward a possible resolution of the dispute.

In order for mediation to take place, both parties must agree to take part in the process.

Commission employees travel throughout Florida to provide mediation services with the purpose of facilitating a mutual, alternative resolution to conflict.

Employment

Floridians are entitled by law to not be discriminated in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability or marital status

Housing

Floridians are entitled by law to rent a place to live or buy a home without consideration of their national origin, race or color, sex, pregnancy, disability, religion or familial status.

Public Accommodations

It is unlawful for an individual to be denied access or to receive poor service or lesser quality accommodations because of his or her race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, disability, familial status or religion.

Florida's Whistle-blower's Act

It is against the law to retaliate against state employees who blow the whistle.

Anonymous Complaints

In accordance with Sections 760.11 and 760.34, Florida Statutes, the Commission is unable to accept anonymous complaints or complaints that have not been signed and verified.