Satisfy the Three Ls
The act of discrimination must have occurred within the City of Madison. If you are not sure, call the Civil Rights.
Length of Time Between the Incident and Filing the Complaint
For complaints involving housing discrimination: You must file a complaint within one year after the discriminatory incident. This is true unless the complaint involves discrimination of an ongoing nature (for example, your landlord has been charging you a higher rent than other tenants every month for over a year).
For all other complaints:
You must file the complaint within 300 days of the incident, unless the discriminatory act is of an ongoing nature.
Legal Requirements under the Equal Opportunities Ordinance
- Belong to (or be associated with) at least one of the protected classes identified in the Equal Opportunities Ordinance. These protected classes are:
- arrest record
- conviction record
- marital status
- being a student
- national origin or ancestry
- physical appearance
- sexual orientation
- political beliefs
- source of income
- less than honorable discharge from the military
- refusal to disclose social security number
- familial status
- domestic partners
- gender identity
- genetic identity
- citizenship status
- victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault*, or stalking
- credit history*
- Show that what you are reporting happened because you are either a member of one or more of the protected classes or because of your association with someone belonging to a protected class. It is important that you can show that the company, person or organization that you file a complaint against treated you unfairly because of your membership in a protected class and not for another reason.
* applies to employment only