How do I?
1. How can I file a discrimination complaint in employment, housing or public
You may come to the City of Tampa's Community Affairs Division where you will
fill out a questionnaire with the information regarding your situation. Once
reviewed and all the jurisdictional requirements are met, a complaint will be
filed under the corresponding federal laws, and/or the City of Tampa Human
The questionnaire forms are also available online (see below) which you can fill
out and print. After the form is completed and signed, you can bring it to our
office, mail it, or fax it. By filling out the online questionnaire, it does
not mean that you have filed an official complaint.
Once we receive the questionnaire, a staff member will contact you by phone
or mail, to discuss your situation and the filing process. There is no cost
involved for this administrative process and no legal representation is needed.
If you have any questions regarding your particular circumstances, or if you
would like to make an appointment to find out more about the process, please
Community Affairs Division
2105 N. Nebraska Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33602
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2. How long do I have to file a discrimination complaint?
A discrimination complaint may be filed with the City of Tampa Division of
Community Affairs as soon as discrimination occurs, but no later than one
hundred and eighty (180) days, or six months, from the date that the
discriminatory event occurred. In some cases, housing discrimination complaints
may be filed up to one year from the date of the discriminatory housing
3. Which human rights laws are enforced by the City of Tampa?
The City of Tampa enforces
local, state and federal
laws that prohibit discrimination in the areas of employment, public
accommodation and housing.
4. Who can file a charge of employment discrimination?
Any person who believes that they have been discriminated against by an
employer, labor union or employment agency when applying for a job or on the
job, may file a discrimination complaint under federal laws, or the City of
Tampa Human Rights Ordinance, once the jurisdictional requirements are met.
5. Who can file a charge of discrimination in Public Accommodation?
If you believe that your rights of equal access and the full enjoyment of the
goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of any
place of public accommodation have been denied, you may file a discrimination
complaint under the City of Tampa Human Rights Ordinance, once the
jurisdictional requirements are met.
Additional protection is available if you or someone associated with you has a
physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or more major life
6. Who can file a Housing discrimination complaint?
Housing discrimination occurs when you are restricted from living where you
choose because of your race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, familial status
and marital status.
Every citizen has the right to equal access to all neighborhoods of their choice
for decent and affordable housing. It is illegal to discriminate against any
In the sale or rental of housing or residential lots.
In advertising the sale or rental of housing.
In the financing of housing.
In the provision of real estate brokerage services.
If you believe you have been discriminated against when seeking any of the above
services for housing located within the City of Tampa limits, you can file a
complaint at the Division of Community Affairs based on your protected class
under the different
Fair Housing laws.
7. What Happens After I file a Complaint?
The City of Tampa Division of Community Affairs notifies via mail both the
Charging Party and the Respondent who will receive a copy of the charge and will
be invited to mediation. If mediation fails, or if one party declines mediation,
the charge will be investigated by a neutral trained civil rights investigator.
8. What is Mediation?
is a voluntary attempt to resolve the case at an early stage. In order for it to
take place, both parties most agree to participate in a mediation conference
which is an alternative to a full investigation.