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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Human Relations Commission

The New Orleans Human Relations Commission is a municipal agency which enforces the City's Human Relations Rights laws. The Commission employs a staff of three and maintains two offices in New Orleans. The Commission has citywide authority and accepts complaints from all citizens and visitors, to New Orleans, who believe they have been discriminated against.

The New Orleans Human Rights' Laws make it unlawful to discriminate in:

  • Commercial Spaces
  • Employment
  • Housing Accommodations
  • Private Clubs
  • Public Accommodations

On any of the following grounds:

  • Age
  • Color
  • Creed
  • Gender Identification
  • Gender or Sex
  • Marital Status
  • National Origin / Ancestry
  • Physical Condition / Disability
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation

What Does the Human Relations Committee Do?

The Staff

  • Accepts complaints of discrimination from persons alleging violations of New Orleans Chapter 86 Human Rights Laws.
  • Investigates complaints in a fair and impartial manner.
  • Attempts early settlement of complaints, whenever possible.
  • Dismisses complaints when no violation of New Orleans Human Rights Laws have occurred.
  • Conciliates complaints when New Orleans Human Rights Laws have been violated.
  • Gives technical assistance and advice on the City's Human Rights Laws

The Commissioners

  • Hold public hearings to consider cases where conciliation efforts have failed.
  • Issue decisions applying the City's Human Rights Laws to individuals or class action cases.
  • Order reinstatement, possible back-pay, or other appropriate relief to complainants.
  • Order the elimination of discriminatory practices.
  • Enforce Commission decisions and orders, in compliance with Chapter 86 of the New Orleans City Code.

How Can The Commission Help You?

If you believe that you have experienced discrimination, you may contact the Commission. The Commission Staff will advise you of your rights under New Orleans Human Rights Laws and when appropriate, will assist you in filing a confidential complaint with this office. 

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Last updated: 10/21/2014 4:48:24 PM

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