Georgia Human Relations Commission
The Georgia Human Relations Commission (HRC) is actually an Atlanta-based commission that handles discrimination complaints within Georgia's capital city. The HRC investigates discrimination complaints and provides recommendations for resolving disputes.
The Human Relations Commission was creating with the intent that the commission be a "vehicle for addressing illegal discrimination in public accommodations, private employment, and housing within the City."
The Human Relations Commission's definition of discrimination includes:
- Domestic Relationship Status
- Physical Disability
- National Origin
- Gender Identity
- Sexual Orientation
The HRC consists of 7 members that each serve a three year term. Members are appointed by either the Mayor of Atlanta, the President of the City Council and the City Council Members at large. The Chairman and Co-chairman of the HRC are determined by the commission members themselves.
Currently no commissioner may serve more than two consecutive terms and all members must live in Atlanta.
Filing a Complaint with the Human Relations Commission
The core functionality of the HRC is to process and investigate discrimination complaints. In order to make an official complaint it must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Mayor's Office of Constituent Services using the Human Relations Commission Complaint Form or "any paper suitable for a complaint"
The complaint must be made within 180 of the discriminatory act and can be made by both individuals or organizations. In addition, those filing a complaint must also send a copy of the complaint to the offender and any other related parties.
Within 30 days an investigation will be performed by the the Director of the Mayor's Office of Constituent Services who will then report their findings to the Human Relations Commission. The HRC has the authority to either investigate further, call a hearing, or take measures to rectify the situation through conference, conciliation or persuasion.
If a hearing is held the HRC will report findings, its decisions and reasons for their decisions to the Mayor and the appropriate department within the city government. The Mayor and department has 30 days to act on the HRC's findings.
Contact the Georgia Human Relations Commission
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