If you feel you have been discriminated against, call SOCR at 206-684-4500 to speak with our intake investigator. You also can visit our office in the Central Building, 810 Third Avenue, Suite 750 in downtown Seattle.
The Intake Questionnaire provides us with information we can use to help us serve you. It is not a formal complaint. Once we receive your completed questionnaire, we will contact you for more information. You do not have to fill out the questionnaire in order to contact us about filing a charge.
The Seattle Office for Civil Rights has jurisdiction within Seattle city limits. A charge of illegal discrimination must be filed within 180 days of the date that the incident under consideration occurred. If your situation does not qualify for investigation by us, we will refer you to another agency for help.
- Other Civil Rights Agencies
- List of Protected Classes
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I file a complaint?
You should contact our office as soon as possible after the incident(s). The longer you wait, the more difficult the investigation can become. You must file your complaint with SOCR within 180 days of the incident. SOCR cannot accept cases that are more than 180 days old.
What will it cost me to file a complaint?
All of SOCR's services, including case investigations, are free of charge.
What can I do to help my case?
Gather as much evidence as you can to give to SOCR's investigator. Write down the details of what happened to you, including dates, times, people involved, as well as names of possible witnesses. Keep a running log of events, especially if this is an on-going situation. Be sure and save anything in writing that relates to your case.
If I file a complaint, will the details be made public?
While a case is still under investigation, no information can be released. After a case is closed, some information can be released, but only through a written Public Disclosure Request.
What if they retaliate against me after I file a complaint?
Retaliation and harassment are both illegal. If it occurs, you can file another complaint. SOCR investigates complaints involving retaliation and harassment regardless of the findings or outcome of the original complaint.
Can I file a complaint about police misconduct with SOCR?
You can file a complaint about police conduct by contacting SOCR at 206-684-4500. We will document your complaint and file it with the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA). OPA is the office within the Seattle Police Department that investigates complaints about police misconduct. The office is headed by a civilian. OPA will review your complaint and follow-up with you. Get more information.
How can I report a hate crime?
What if my business receives a complaint of illegal discrimination?
This information is available in alternative formats to people with disabilities upon request.
If you have questions, comments or requests about our services please call 206-684-4500 voice or email Elliott Bronstein.