Jacksonville Human Rights Commission

JHRC LogoSince 1967, the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission (JHRC or Commission) has worked to ensure that all Jacksonville residents enjoy a community free of discriminatory practices.  The JHRC investigates complaints of alleged discriminatory or unfair practices in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations based on a person’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status or familial status. The JHRC also promotes mutual understanding and respect among members of all economic, social, racial, religious and ethnic groups, and works to eliminate discrimination against and antagonism between religious, racial and ethnic groups.

The JHRC conducts studies on trending human relations issues and provides training opportunities on anti-discrimination laws, and the impact of cultural sensitivity on health matters and law enforcement practices. Additionally, the JHRC sponsors and facilitates community conversations on a variety of issues that serve to foster a deeper understanding of other racial, ethnic, religious and cultural norms.

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Need to file a discrimination complaint? Please select one of the categories below for more information:

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The City of Jacksonville prohibits discrimination in the operation of any federally assisted program on the basis of race, color, or national origin.  In addition, the City of Jacksonville makes every effort to assist those with limited English proficiency.  For more information on filing a complaint, please contact the Commission:

Title VI Plan & Policy LEP Plan Title VI Policy and Complaint Procedures ADA Transition Plan

Contact Information

117 W. Duval Street, Suite 350 Jacksonville, FL 32202
PHONE:  904-255-5397
FAX:  904-255-5385
TTY: 904-630-4125

Office Hours:  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Mondays only (except legal holidays)  

Commission Meetings

Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission will meet as follows:

Second Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Virtual & In-Person Meeting. For information on how to attend the meeting in-person or via Zoom, visit:  https://www.coj.net/all-of-coj/upcoming-events.aspx Any changes in the noticed meetings will be posted in compliance with Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine Law. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please allow 2-3 business days to process; last minute requests will be accepted, but may not be possible to fulfill. Please contact Disabled Services at VM 904-255-5475, or email your request to KaraT@coj.net.  

JHRC October 2021 Lunch & Learn Flyer with illustration of people wearing protective face masksUpcoming Events

Lunch & Learn

COVID-19: CHALLENGES AND SUCCESSES IN EMPLOYMENT
Thursday, October 28, 2021
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Join us for a virtual discussion with local employers (e.g. Baptist Health, FSCJ and JTA) on the employment challenges and successes they have experienced due to COVID-19. Additionally, Sharon Rennert, Senior Attorney Advisor with the EEOC, will attend and answer questions regarding this topic. Ms. Rennert is considered the EEOC’s expert on the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and COVID-19 issues. This is a can’t miss event!

REGISTER NOW AT TINYURL.COM/JHRC-10-28-21

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Announcements

In the Fall 2021, the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission will be commencing study circles on race and ethnic relations in Jacksonville.  If you are interested in participating, please fill out an enrollment form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TG3DLGP or send an email to jhrcnews@coj.net to have the form emailed to you.  If you have questions about study circles, please see below.  

diverse group of men and women sitting around a table sharing ideasWHAT IS A STUDY CIRCLE?  

A study circle:

  •  is a process for small-group deliberation that is voluntary and participatory
  •  is a small group, usually 8 to 12 participants
  •  is led by one to two facilitators who are impartial and help manage the  deliberation process, but are not “experts” or “teachers” in the traditional sense
  •  considers many perspectives, rather than advocating a particular point of view
  •  uses ground rules to set the tone for a respectful, productive discussion
  •  is rooted in dialogue and deliberation, not debate
  •  has multiple sessions which move from the participants’ personal experience  of the issue to considering multiple viewpoints, to strategies for action
  •  does not require consensus but uncovers areas of agreement and  common concern
  •  provides an opportunity for citizens to work together to improve their community.