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How Do I File a Complaint?

To file a discrimination complaint with the City of Boulder Office of Human Rights:

  • Complete and submit the complaint form Discrimination Complaint Form pdf. (Use Internet Explorer to complete the form, save to your computer and submit by email to [email protected].)
  • Contact German Velasco at [email protected] or 303-441-4197 to inquire if the case falls within the jurisdiction of the Office of Human Rights or if you have questions about completing the form.
  • Make sure to submit the form within the deadline for filing a complaint in the particular area.

After a complaint is filed, the Office of Human Rights will respond in any of the following ways:

  • Confirm that the complaint is within the jurisdiction of the office and the law
  • Contact the respondent (person or organization alleged to have violated the ordinance)
  • Offer mediation services provided by the City of Boulder
  • Assess the complaint and response to the complaint
  • Determine whether or not an investigation is warranted
  • Initiate an investigation
  • Develop a finding, based on the investigation
  • Facilitate resolution

Decisions in discrimination cases can include:

  • Agreement
  • Case dismissed/closed
  • No Probable Cause Finding
  • Probable Cause Finding
  • Appeal/Hearing

Either party may appeal a finding and request a hearing before the Human Relations Commission, a five-member panel appointed by the City Council.

Findings of Probable Cause require substantive and verifiable evidence of discrimination.

Possible outcomes possible in cases of Probable Cause may include:

  • Cease and desist (stop) unfair practices
  • Correct unfair practices
  • Change in policies and practices
  • Displays of posters with civil rights laws
  • Pay actual not punitive damages
  • Report on compliance