The City of Anderson Human Relations Department reflects the commitment
of the City of Anderson to the preservation of equal rights for all
people. It is responsible for promoting equal opportunity both for City
employees and the general public. This is accomplished through voluntary
affirmative action policies, enforcement, education, community
involvement and development programs. These programs are carried out by a
combination of paid staff and volunteer citizen panels appointed by the
Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council.
The Anderson Human Relations Commission receives and investigates
complaints and seeks to resolve them through conciliation, findings of
probable cause or no probable cause of discrimination, recommendations
of damage payments or criminal prosecution.
It is the public policy of the City of Anderson to provide all of its
citizens equal opportunity for education, employment, access to and use
of public accommodations and equal opportunity for acquisition of real
property, as these are declared civil rights. Denying these rights to
persons because of race, religion, color, sex, national origin,
ancestry, or disability is contrary to principles of freedom and
equality of opportunity and are considered discriminating practices. The
promotion of equal opportunity is the purpose of this Commission.
The Anderson Human Relations Commission is composed of eleven members
representative of the racial, ethnic, religious, economic, sexual and
educational groups from the Anderson City Community. These members are
volunteer citizens appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of
City Council. Each Commissioner serves a 3 year term.
The Commission is charged with implementing the City’s policy against
discrimination and with guiding the enforcement of the City’s
affirmative action and antidiscrimination ordinances. It also works to
promote positive intergroup relations.
The Director works closely with the Commissioners to effectively carry
out the duties of the Commission. The Commission meets the fourth (4th)
Wednesday of each month at 4:15 p.m. in the City Building, 120 East 8th
Street in Room 201. The meetings are open and the public may attend.
The Commission is responsible for implementing, enforcing and promoting
equal opportunity. The Commission has the power to subpoena witnesses,
compel their attendance, administer oaths and take testimony of any
person under oath. They may also prevent any retaliatory actions from
occurring toward any person who has filed a charge of discrimination or
testified in any hearing before the Commission.
The Anderson Human Relations Commission enforces the City’s Ordinance
39-80, as amended, which prohibits any form of discrimination in
employment based on race, religion, color, sex, national origin,
ancestry or disability.
If unlawful discrimination is found in the area of employment, the
employer will be required to conciliate with the discriminated party.
The conciliation may include reinstatement to position (if the person
was released from employment), retroactive pay, neutral references and
other affirmative actions taken concerning fair employment.
In order to eliminate prejudice among the various racial, religious and
ethnic groups in the City and to further good will among such groups,
the Commission, in cooperation with the Anders City School Corporation,
local colleges and universities may prepare a comprehensive educational
program, designed to emphasize cultural awareness, identify the origin
of prejudice among such minority groups, its harmful effects, and its
incompatibility with the principles of equality.
It is deemed unlawful in the City of Anderson to discriminate in places
of public accommodation because of race, religion, color, sex, national
origin, ancestry or disability. This applies to all public places of
entertainment, amusement or recreation; restaurants; hotels; health
facilities and all establishments which cater to or offer services,
facilities, or goods to or solicit patronage from members of the general
The City of Anderson upholds and enforces public policy concerning equal
rights to housing and the acquisition of real property. The Commission
investigates complaints of discrimination based on race, religion,
color, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability and familial status.
It is considered an act of unlawful discrimination to refuse to rent,
sell or lease property to persons because of these distinctions.
If unlawful discrimination is found in the area of housing or
acquisition of real property, the Commission may impose such fines and
penalties as provided for in Ordinance 20-88 (Fair Housing Ordinance)
and Ordinance No. 3-90, as amended and/or direct the Commission’s
Attorney to seek injunctive relief, actual damages, and punitive damages
for and on behalf of the Complainant.
The City of Anderson supports the belief that the disabled should be
given equal opportunity to choose and prepare for occupations compatible
with their abilities and potentialities and that they should be given
equal opportunity in selection, appointment and advancement in
employment. It also believes that disability should not be a barrier to
full and equal participation in all phases of community life.
A “disabled person” refers to anyone who: (1) has a physical or mental
impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
(i.e. caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing,
hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and work); (2) has a record of
such impairment (has a history of, or has been classified as having a
mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more
major life activities); or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.
The Commission assists in receiving complaints of discrimination against
the disabled and works to ensure that City facilities are accessible to
those with physical disabilities and that reasonable accommodation is
made for disabled employees.
City of Anderson
Human Relations Department
Who: Any U.S. citizen claiming to be aggrieved by a discriminatory
practice or act within Anderson city limits may file and sign a
complaint with the Commission.
When: A complaint must be filed within 180 days from the date of the
last occurrence of the alleged discriminatory practice. The complaint
must be signed and notarized by a notary public. A notary public is
available within the department.
Where: The Human Relations Department, 120 E. 8th Street/P.O. Box 2100, Anderson, IN 46018.
How: Complaints will be accepted and may be filed by either personal
delivery or by mail. The Commission’s staff will be available and will
provide assistance in drafting and filing the complaint if needed.
Referrals of Complaints
Any U.S. citizen claiming to be aggrieved by a discriminatory practice
or act and the act did not take place within the Anderson city limits,
the citizen may still file a complaint with the Anderson Human Relations
Commission. In return, the Commission will forward the complaint to the
appropriate agency. The appropriate agency may be the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Indiana Civil Rights Commission
Upon request, the staff may provide training for your employees, students, etc.
Examples of seminar topics that can be addressed are as follows:
1. Sexual Harassment
2. Americans with Disability Act of 1990
3. Cultural Diversity
4. Recruitment & Selection
5. Civil Rights Act of 1991
6. Managing within the Law
7. Fair Housing
8. When to File a Complaint
9. Legal Employment Practices
B. Fair Labor Standard Issues
The City of Anderson Human Relations Department is anxious to serve you
with answers to questions you might have concerning equal opportunity or
If you want more information or if you have any questions about filing a
complaint or Equal Employment Opportunity laws, please contact:
City of Anderson
Department of Human Relations
120 East 8th Street
P.O. Box 2100
Anderson, IN 46018