Tampa Human Rights Board

The City of Tampa is a place of community, where all are accepted and loved.  We stand with Orlando to remember the 49 residents after the tragic Pulse event in Orlando last year on June 12th.  It has made our Tampa community closer and strengthened the resolve of the Tampa Human Rights Board.

The Board will continue to advocate for the citizens of Tampa against discrimination and prejudices in employment, housing and public accommodations.  We believe in equal rights, equal opportunities for all, regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital and familial status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

This Board will continue to stand with the entire LGBT community in the City of Orlando, Tampa and throughout Hillsborough County.

Civil Rights Statement


The Tampa Human Rights Board (Board) advocates for the citizens of Tampa against discrimination, with a primary focus on equal rights and equal opportunity in employment, housing and public accommodations.  Appointed by Mayor Bob Buckhorn and confirmed by City Council, the Board, composed of nine members, can receive and initiate complaints for investigation that allege any violation of Chapter 12, Tampa’s Human Rights Ordinance (Tampa Code), filed under the protected class of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital and familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or retaliation.

The Board can approve, publicize, change and rescind rules and regulations for the operation of the Board and to accomplish the policies of Tampa’s anti-discrimination ordinance.  The Board also reviews – upon request – employment, housing or public accommodations discrimination cases once an investigation has been completed.  In addition, upon failure of conciliation, the Board will review whether the evidence supports the administrator’s decision to find reasonable cause, and to order further investigation if it does not, and conduct hearings when any party to a complaint violates the terms of a negotiated settlement agreement.


BOARD MEMBERS:

Clinton Paris, Esquire                  Hearing Officer

Anthony B. Carswell, Chair         Mortgage Financing

John L. Perry, Co-Chair                Labor Council

Parker A. Homans                        Real Estate Sales

Caine W. Kreimendahl                 Property Leasing

Captain Ashley R. Roberts           Law Enforcement

Sylvia L. Hubbard                          Other

Anna M. Ramos                             Other

Vacant                                             Retail Merchandising Management

Vacant                                             Industrial Management


The Human Rights Board purpose, contact information and enabling legislation are available online here