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100 Questions / Answers about Fair Housing for Property Managers
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Rules and Ordinances

Seattle Municipal Code 14.16 – Paid Sick and Safe Time

Seattle Municipal Code 14.17 – The Use of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

Council Bill 117416 – Breastfeeding in Public Places

Council Bill Number 116763 - Ordinance creating the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities - Passed 9-0 on January 11, 2010

Unfair Public Accommodations Practices - Seattle Municipal Code Chap. 14.06

Employment Practices - Seattle Municipal Code 14.04

Housing Practices- Seattle Municipal Code Chap. 14.08

Fair Contracting Practices - Seattle Municipal Code Chap. 14.10

Revised Code of WA (RCW) 9.91.170: Interfering with dog guide or service animal

Title VI Plan

Adobe PDF graphic Practice & Procedure in Discrimination Cases Chap. 40

Adobe PDF graphic Rules for Appeals to the Seattle Human Rights Commission - Chapter 46

Adobe PDF graphic Fair Contracting Practices Rules(Chap. 50)

Adobe PDF graphic Fair Contracting Practices Fact Sheet

Adobe PDF graphic Mayor's Executive Order Affirming the Right of All Citizens to Receive City Services Equally - Charles Royer, 2-15-84



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On Disability / Accessibility Issues

Adobe PDF graphic City of Seattle Grievance Procedure under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Emergency Preparedness - Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities: The Alliance of People with Disabilities has set up a web page of steps that people with disabilities can take to prepare for a disaster, and to ensure that organizations/businesses will be able to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

Downtown Seattle Accessible Map and Transit Guide
Metro Transit provides a useful guide to getting around downtown Seattle for wheelchair users and others with disabilities. The link includes a large map that shows wheelchair travel routes, accessible tunnels and overhead walkways.

Adobe PDF graphic Hillclimb Assists - accessible routes on some of downtown Seattle's steepest hills This document outlines a number of designated accessible pedestrian routes for traveling east and west (up and down) through hilly downtown Seattle.

Adobe PDF graphic A Disability Etiquette Handbook

Adobe PDF graphic A Handbook for Public Employees This book is about creating accessible publications for general audience and alternative formats for people with disabilities.
Adobe PDF graphic Discover Ability: A Disability Resource Guide for Seattle area small businesses.

Adobe PDF graphic Sample Policy: Reasonable Accommodations for People with Disabilities Published by Fair Housing Agencies of Washington.

Adobe PDF graphic Animals Working: A guide to service animals in public places

Adobe PDF graphic Wallet Card: guide to service animals in public places

Adobe PDF graphic Seattle Police Department Legal Bulletin 06-001
Date: 01/03/2006 - Service Animals and Dog Guides

Adobe PDF graphic Seattle Police Department Legal Bulletin 06-005
Date: 06/27/2006 - Service Animals and Dog Guides(Additional)

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On Employment Issues

Adobe PDF graphic Age discrimination and employment

Adobe PDF graphic Disabilities in the Workplace

Adobe PDF graphic EEOC Compliance Manual - Number 915.003, released April 19, 2006
This document covers the issuance of Section 15 of the new Compliance Manual on “Race and Color Discrimination.” It provides guidance on analyzing charges of race and color discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Issued by the Office of Legal Counsel, Title VII/ADEA/EPA Division, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Adobe PDF graphic Employment Discrimination: Where to Find Help

Adobe PDF graphic Employing Non-Citizens
The Law guarantees equal treatment when hiring, firing and on-the job

Adobe PDF graphic Employing Immigrants - a Handbook for Employers

Adobe PDF graphic Your Right to Work - a Handbook for Non-Citizens

Adobe PDF graphic It Is Good For Business
An Employer's Guide To Prevent Workplace Discrimination

Adobe PDF graphic Sample Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Adobe PDF graphic Sexual Harassment
Employers are Responsible for Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Adobe PDF graphic Treat Your Employees Fairly
It Reduces Employee Turnover and Improves Morale

Adobe PDF graphic Your Rights as a Worker in Washington State

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On Fair Contracting Issues

Adobe PDF graphic Fair Contracting in the City of Seattle
Adobe PDF graphic Fair Contracting Practices Fact Sheet
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On General Issues

Adobe PDF graphic SOCR 2013 Annual Report

SOCR: Basic information about our services in translation / English:

Adobe PDF graphic | Amharic | Cambodian | Chinese | Korean | Oromo | Somali | Spanish | Tagalog | Tigrigna | Vietnamese |

Adobe PDF graphic SOCR general brochure: Equal rights and social justice for all Seattle

Adobe PDF graphic Customer Service - Our Commitment

Adobe PDF graphic SOCR Community Report 2006-2007-2008

Adobe PDF graphic SOCR Annual Statistics 2006-2007-2008

Adobe PDF graphic SOCR Annual Report 2004-2005

Adobe PDF graphic SOCR Annual Report 2002-2003

Adobe PDF graphic Filing a Complaint with SOCR: A Step by Step Guide
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Adobe PDF graphic How to file an appeal with the Seattle Human Rights Commission of a "No Reasonable Cause" decision

Adobe PDF graphic How To Respond to a Complaint

Information and referral for non-discrimination issues

Adobe PDF graphic General Legal Information

Adobe PDF graphic Housing

Adobe PDF graphic Employment

Adobe PDF graphic Disabilities - Mental Health - Education

Adobe PDF graphic Domestic Violence - Hate Crimes

Adobe PDF graphic Immigration - Payday Loans - Other Services


Adobe PDF graphic Interpreter Tool Kit
City of Seattle Interpreter Tool Kit. A guide to help you provide interpretation and translation services to Seattle's multilingual community
Adobe PDF graphic Seattle Office for Civil Rights Brochure
Translations in the following languages:
| Amharic | English | Oromo | Somali | Spanish | Tigrinya | Vietnamese|

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On Hate Free Issues

How to report a hate crime

Adobe PDF graphic Hate Crimes and Homelessness: What to do if it happens to you Malicious harassment that targets homeless people is illegal. Download this walllet-sized card to learn more about how to report hate crimes to the police and how to protect yourself.
Bias Crimes and Incidents in Seattle 2000 to 2005 - An analysis by type of bias and neighborhood
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On Housing Issues

Adobe PDF graphic Fair Housing Agencies in Washington State
Adobe PDF graphic Fair Housing poster for shelters and transitional housing
Adobe PDF graphic Fair housing best practices for property managers
Adobe PDF graphic Fair Housing Poster Rule, SHRR Chapter 70
Adobe PDF graphic Fair Housing Poster
Adobe PDF graphic Fair Housing Poster (Spanish language)
Adobe PDF graphic Your Housing Rights and Section 8 Programs
Adobe PDF graphic Housing Segregation in Seattle
An examination of racial segregation patterns in housing in the City of Seattle, 1976-2005. Commissioned by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights - written and submitted by Kate Davis as part of a Master’s Degree program at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington.

Adobe PDF graphic A Citizen's Guide to Housing and Zoning Code Compliance (603)

Housing Discrimination: Where to Find Help

Adobe PDF graphic | Housing Agencies - English | Agencias de Vivienda - Spanish

Adobe PDF graphic Landlord/Tenant Information

Adobe PDF graphic Rental Agreement Regulation Ordinance
Adobe PDF graphic Renters Guide to Seattle
Published by Seattle Office of Housing

Adobe PDF graphic Sample Policy: Tenant on Tenant Harassment Policy
Adobe PDF graphic Sample Policy: Tenant on Tenant Harassment Policy

Adobe PDF graphic Sample Policy: Service Animals
Adobe PDF graphic Sample Policy: Service Animals

Adobe PDF graphic Sample Policy: Reasonable Accommodations for People with Disabilities
Adobe PDF graphic Sample Policy: Reasonable Accommodations for People with Disabilities

Adobe PDF graphic Seattle Laws on Property Owner and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
Adobe PDF graphic Stop Discrimination in Housing
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| Cambodian | English | Korean | Russian | Spanish | Vietnamese

Adobe PDF graphic Housing Discrimination & Your Civil Rights
Translated in the following languages:
| Cambodian | English | Russian | Spanish | Vietnamese

Adobe PDF graphic Domestic Violence and Your Housing Rights
Translated in the following languages:
| Cambodian | Chinese | English | Russian | Spanish | Vietnamese

Adobe PDF graphic Danger Bad Loan Ahead!
Adobe PDF graphic Fair Loans Fair Housing: Your Guide to Avoiding Predatory Loans

Adobe PDF graphic Terminating Tenancies Under the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance to Comply with Land Use Code Restriction on the Number of Residents


Fair Housing Update - a quarterly e-newsletter published by the Fair Housing Partners of Washington (external link)

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Top 100 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Fair Housing for Property Owners and Managers

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Adobe PDF graphic Part Two: Chapters 1 - 6
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Adobe PDF graphic Part Three: Appendices
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Fair Housing for Real Estate Industry Professionals - Top 100 Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

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Adobe PDF graphic Part Two: Chapters 1 - 8
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Adobe PDF graphic Part Three: Appendices
Adobe PDF graphic Part Three: Appendices
Adobe PDF graphic Feedback Sheet

Adobe PDF graphic Fair Tenant Screening Act
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On Public Accommodations Issues

Adobe PDF graphic Public Accommodations Facts

Adobe PDF graphic Public Accommodations Poster

Adobe PDF graphic Right to Breastfeed Info Card

Adobe PDF graphic Right to Breastfeed Info Card (three cards to a page)

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Public Disclosure

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights honors public disclosure requests according to the City of Seattle's Public Disclosure Policy (11/3/09).

To make a public disclosure request (PDR) or for more information, contact Elliott Bronstein at 206-684-4507 or by e-mail Elliott Bronstein. For information about appeals of a PDR decision, contact administrative appeals officer Mike Chin at 206-684-8063 or by e-mail Mike Chin.

Click here: http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/publicDisclosure.htm to visit the City of Seattle public disclosure web portal.

City of Seattle Public Disclosure Policies and Gidelines

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Transgender Civil Rights

Transgender Civil Rights

Derechos Civiles para Transgeneros

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On Religious Accommodations Issues

Adobe PDF graphic Religious Accomodations

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Criminal Records

Adobe PDF graphic Job Assistance Legislation - Frequently Asked Questions

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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 e-mail to Elliott Bronstein.