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Where to Find Help

When the alleged discrimination occurred in:


City of Seattle

Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR).

Protected classes:
Age, Ancestry, Color, Creed, Disability, Gender Identity, Marital Status, National Origin, Parental Status, Political Ideology, Race, Religion, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Use of Service Animal, Military Status or Veteran and Use of Section 8 Certificate.

Contact SOCR

Complaints must be filed within 180 days after the occurrence of the alleged discrimination.

Seattle Police Department

To file complaints about conduct involving Seattle Police Department employees. OPA takes complaints of misconduct very seriously, and tries to make the complaint process as fair and simple as it can.

Contact Information:
SPD's Office of Professional Accountability (OPA)
Phone: 206-684-8797
or e-mail opa@seattle.gov
Website: www.seattle.gov/police/OPA/default.htm

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Unincorporated King County

King County Office of Civil Rights

Protected classes:
Race, Color, Religion, Disability, Sex, National origin, Sexual orientation, Marital status, Parental status, Section 8 housing subsidy, Ancestry, Retaliation and Age.

Contact Information:
Yesler Building
400 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98104
Voice (206) 296-7592
TTY (206) 296-7596
FAX (206) 296-4329

Complaints must be filed within 180 days after the occurrence of the alleged discrimination for Fair Employment, Fair Housing and Fair Contracting, and 60 days for Public Accommodations.

Includes employers of 8 plus; contractors with King County; employment agencies; organizations in King County-owned buildings; labor organizations; publishers, etc.

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City of Tacoma

Tacoma Human Rights and Human Services Department

Protected classes:
Age, Ancestry, Color, Disability, Marital status, National Origin, Parental/Family Status, Race, Religion, Retaliation, Sex, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation.

Contact Information:
747 Market Street, Room 836
Tacoma, WA 98042
Voice (253) 591-5151
TTY (253) 591-5153
FAX (253) 591-5121

Complaints must be filed within 365 days. Includes all employers; employment agencies; printers; advertising; land labor organizations, etc.

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State of Washington

Washington State Human Rights Commission

Protected classes:
Age, Ancestry, Color, Disability, Marital status, National Origin, Parental/Family Status, Race, Religion / Creed, Retaliation, Sex and Use of a Guide Dog or Service Animal.

Contact Information:
1511 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Voice (206) 464-6500 and 1 (800) 605-7324
TTY (206) 587-5168
FAX (206) 464-7463

Complaints must be filed within 6 months. Includes all employers of 8 plus; employment agencies, labor organizations, etc.

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Any US state or territory

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Protected classes:
Age, Color, Disability, National Origin, Race, Religion / Creed and Sex.

Contact Information:
909 First Avenue, Suite 400
Seattle, WA  98104-1061
Voice (206) 220-6883 and 1(800) 669-4000
TTY (206) 220-6882
FAX (206) 220-6911

Complaints must be filed within 180 days after the occurrence of the alleged discrimination. Includes all employers of 15 plus; employment agencies; and labor organizations.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Protected classes:
Color, Disability, National Origin, Parental/Family Status, Race, Religion, Retaliation and Sex.

Contact Information:
Fair Housing Enforcement Center
909 First Ave, Suite 205
Seattle, WA  98104-1000
Voice (206) 220-5170 and 1-(800) 877-0246
TTY (206) 220-5185
FAX (206) 220-5447

Complaints must be filed within 1 year after the alleged violation occurred. Complaints on HUD-subsidized facilities must be filed within 180 days.

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Air Travel/Airports

Civil Rights and Air Travel

Protection of civil rights involving U.S. airports and airlines falls under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. If an allegation of illegal discrimination involves airport personnel or programs, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has jurisdiction. If it involves an airline, the U.S. Department of Transportation has jurisdiction.

The Seattle-area FAA office advises people to contact it as soon as possible concerning any allegation of a civil rights violation involving an airport. If you are uncertain who has jurisdiction in your specific case, or if you prefer to talk to someone locally, contact:

Joelle Briggs, External Program Manager, Civil Rights Staff
Federal Aviation Administration
Northwest Mountain Region
1601 Lind Ave SW
Renton, WA 98055-4056
Phone: (425) 227-2097
Email: joelle.briggs@faa.gov

If an allegation is clearly against an airline, individuals can contact:
Aviation Consumer Protection Division
C-75 U.S. Department of Transportation
400 Seventh Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20590
Phone: (202) 366-2220
Email: airconsumer@ost.dot.gov

When an allegation is clearly against an airline, DOT and FAA also encourage individuals to notify the airline representatives found at the website at http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/customerservice.htm

For the latest information, check the web at http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/whatsnew.htm

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If you have questions, comments or requests about our services please contact our office at (206) 684-4500 voice, (206) 684-4503 TTY or send email to Elliott Bronstein.