Can I File a Complaint?
If you believe you have been discriminated against, you may be able to file a complaint with the City of Madison Equal Opportunities Division (EOD).
There are four types of complaints:
- Housing :a residence or place people live. We take cases that involve selling or renting.
- Employment: We accept complaints from all job applicants as well as fulltime, part-time, seasonal, and temporary employees. We accept cases that involve employment agencies and labor unions.
- Public accommodations include places and services open to the public, and it includes places where goods and services are available.
- City Facilities: We take cases involving property that is owned by the City of Madison or services that it provides.
Length of Time
For housing discrimination complaints:
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.
Membership in a Protected Class
You must be a member of one of these protected classes: sex; age; race; color; religion; arrest record; conviction record; marital status; being a student; national origin or ancestry; physical appearance; handicap/disability; sexual orientation; political beliefs; source of income; retaliation; 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*.
We do not take complaints against Dane County agencies, MATC, or the State of Wisconsin. For information on how to file a complaint regarding these groups, please feel free to contact the Department of Civil Rights, Equal Opportunities Division, during business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm at (608) 266-4910.