The Jacksonville Human Rights Commission (JHRC) is a local law enforcement agency that investigates civil rights complaints alleging discrimination. If you feel you have been discriminated against based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, handicap/disability, marital status, or familial status you may file a complaint, in writing, under oath with the JHRC. Based on the facts obtained during the initial interview, JHRC may file a formal complaint against the person and/or organization you name. Please note this in not a lawsuit.

Who May File

Any person who believes they have been discriminated against based on one of the ten protected classes may file a complaint:

Protected Classes
Race Color
National Origin Religion
Sex Sexual Orientation
Gender Identity Handicap/Disability
Familial Status Marital Status


Exemptions exist for owner occupied buildings with no more than four units; single family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to its members. Additional exemptions exist for residential housing and communities for older persons.

Time Limits for Filing a Housing Discrimination Complaint

A complaint must be filed within one year of the alleged discriminatory act(s).

Our Authority

Chapter 60, of the Jacksonville Municipal Code
Title XI, Chapter 408, Jacksonville Municipal Code
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, (Fair Housing Act)