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Discrimination Complaints
The City of Bloomington, by ordinance, prohibits discrimination by reason of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, familial status, or physical or mental disability unrelated to ability in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, and financing. It is also illegal to retaliate against persons who oppose discriminatory practices or who have filed complaints regarding discrimination.

The Legal Department advises the Bloomington Human Relations Commission and the Community Relations Office of the City of Bloomington. If you believe you may have been the victim of illegal discrimination, or want more information, contact the Community Relations Office at (309) 434-2215 or by going to their web page.

The Illinois Human Rights Act authorizes the Illinois Human Rights Commission to review complaints of discrimination. The Illinois Human Rights Commission is a separate agency from the City's Human Relations Commission and requires a complainant to file an independent complaint if he or she wants the state Commission to review the complaint. To review recent decisions of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, go to https://www2.illinois.gov/DHR/Pages/default.aspx.

For information about the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and federal anti-discrimination laws, go to the EEOC homage at http://www.eeoc.gov. The EEOC is a separate agency from the City and enforces federal, not local, laws.

For information about federal laws prohibiting discrimination in housing, go to the site maintained by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at http://www.hud.gov/offices/fheo. HUD is a federal agency and enforces federal, not local, laws.