In addition to protections provided by the Fair Housing Act, the City of Boulder's Human Rights Ordinance protects against discrimination within the city limits of Boulder.
The ordinance protects against discrimination in three areas:
Within these areas, the ordinance prohibits discrimination based on ancestry, color, creed, gender variance, genetic characteristics, immigration status, marital status, mental disability, national origin, physical disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and source of income. In housing, it also prohibits discrimination based on custody of a minor child, parenthood and pregnancy. In employment, it also prohibits discrimination based on age, specifically age 40 years and older.
When the City Council enacted the Human Rights Ordinance in 1972, there were two main reasons for creating protection at a local level:
Protecting classes which are not protected at the state or federal levels such as sexual orientation, gender variance and genetic characteristics.
State and Federal agencies are dealing with a much larger volume of complaints and therefore a complaint at the state or federal level can be time consuming. The City of Boulder Office of Human Rights is generally able to process complaints more promptly than larger agencies.
Learn more about Boulder’s Human Rights Ordinance and find information about filing a complaint on the city’s website