Office of Human Rights
The Pinellas County Office of Human Rights is committed to protecting all residents of Pinellas County from cases of discrimination in the areas of fair housing, employment, public accommodations, and government programs and assistance.
The Director of Human Rights has responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Office of Human Rights and serves at the pleasure of the Human Rights Board.
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Pinellas Council for Persons with Disabilities will meet September 12, 2022.
The Human Rights Board will meet September 13, 2022.
Discrimination - ADA Public Accommodations
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), public accommodations, such as public parking spaces, ramps and railings must be accessible, and service animals must be allowed access. The Americans with Disability Act guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment and transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications. Grievances concerning protections specifically provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act are filed separately from other claims. more >
- ADA/Section 504 Grievance Process
- Florida State Courts System request for accommodation - Request for reasonable accommodations if you are a defendant, litigant/party, witness, juror, victim, or attorney.
- Florida State Courts System Interpreter Request - Request for interpreter if you are a defendant, litigant/party, witness, juror, victim, or attorney.
Discrimination - Employment
Pinellas County prohibits discrimination in the workplace and covers recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, pay, tenure, discipline, discharge, and privileges. Employment discrimination charges may also be filed with the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. more >
Note to employers: The Pinellas County Office of Human Rights also conducts scheduled training sessions for public and private organizations upon request. These training programs address issues such as sexual harassment, diversity, and equal employment opportunity. For more information on training programs contact the Pinellas County Office of Human Rights at (727) 464-4880, and ask for the training coordinator.
Discrimination - Fair Housing
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, familial status, or disability. This applies in the sale and rental of housing and mortgage lending. more >
Pinellas County prohibits discrimination in the operation of any federally assisted program on the basis of race, color, national origin. sex, age, religion, family status, or disability. Pinellas County makes every effort to assist those with limited English proficiency, including maintaining a list of employees fluent in languages in addition to English to help with translations and utilizing Google translator program on the website. More information can be found at the following links:
- Pinellas County's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Plan and Approval Letter
- Pinellas County's Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan
- Title VI Policy and Grievance Procedure
- File a Claim: Online Form - Printable Form
We strive to meet the public's needs through the services provided by Pinellas County. Agency sponsors attend and participate in other community events to promote the services we provide to the public. We are also constantly seeking ways of measuring the effectiveness of our public involvement.
Upcoming: Join staff from the Pinellas County Office of Human Rights in a webinar to discuss the County's Limited English Plan (LEP). This meeting may help shape how we make our services available to non-English speakers, and will be available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Date: To Be Announced.
The County collects racial, ethnic and other similar demographic data on beneficiaries of or those affected by County services and activities, through the use of census data as well as data collected from County departments. From time to time, the County may find it necessary to request voluntary identification of certain racial, ethnic or other data from those who participate in County programs or services. This information assists the County with improving service equity and ensuring effective outreach. Self-identification of personal data will always be voluntary and anonymous. The County will not release or otherwise use this data for any other purpose than for which it was obtained or compiled.
Federal Anti-Discrimination Resources
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee.
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
The resources on this page will help you to understand your rights and to find out where to go for help.
- U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Know your rights and the newest laws.
- Pinellas County's FY 2016-2017 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
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