If you believe you have been discriminated against you may be able to file a complaint with the Equal Opportunities Division (210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 523, Madison).
You may also Report A Discrimination or Employment Problem.
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File a Discrimination Complaint
It is important to know if you are able to file a complaint of discrimination with the EOC. If you believe you have been discriminated against you may be able to file a complaint with the Equal Opportunities Division (210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 523, Madison). The complaint must meet certain requirements:
- Housing complaints must have occurred within one year. All other complaints must have occurred within 300 days.
- The housing, business or individual you wish to file your complaint against must be located within the Madison City limits.
- Your complaint must state a prima facie case of discrimination (a legal standard established by law). It is recommended that you call for an appointment (608) 266-4910, or you may call to have a complaint form mailed to you.
Documentation is Key
Keep a written record of any actions and comments that may help show that you were discriminated against.
Write down time and date of conversations you may have had. Also, document the names of any witnesses, notices you feel were discriminatory, as well as, the response you received. Keep your own personal records, separate from the business, organization, or person that you are filing a claim against.
Get Witness Statements
In addition to documenting important events and comments, it helps your case if you find people who witnessed the discrimination you experienced. The EOC does not call these witnesses. It is your responsibility to get a written statement from them.
Make certain to complete the entire form. Be clear and give as many details as possible. For example, if you think that you were discriminated against because of your race, it is important to write what your race is (Black, White, Hispanic, etc.). Then write exactly what happened to show how you were treated differently because of your race.
Read and review your complaint form to make sure you have answered all the questions on the form and your contact information is correct and up-to-date.
Submit the complaint form by email, mail or in person.
Mail or In PersonCivil Rights Office
City County Building
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 523
Madison, WI 53703
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm