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. Employment

Federal, State and Local Law makes it illegal to discriminate against any person in employment. Making this a reality in the workplace in the mission of the Gary Human Relations Commission. The Commission prohibits job discrimination by private employers and state and local government agencies.

Under the Gary Human Relations Commission's Ordinance and Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964, it is illegal to discriminate against persons because of their race, color, sex, religion, or national origin, in employment.

The ordinance covers employment activities within the city limits of Gary.

To be valid, a complaint must be filed with the Gary Human Relations Commission within ninety- (90) days of the alleged illegal act.

The Ordinance covers employment practices in the hiring, promotion, discharge, compensation, terms, conditions and privileges or employment, classifying, limiting or segregating employees or job applicants.

The Ordinance also covers Labor Organizations in limiting, segregating or classifying membership or applicants for membership; and in referral of individuals for employment.

Is All Employers Covered?

If the employer has six (6) or more people working for them they are covered by the Gary Human Relations Commission.

Where and How to File a Complaint

Where - Complaints may be filed with the Office of Gary Human Relations Commission located at 504 Broadway, Gary Indiana, 46402, Monday thru Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Complaint may be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) located at 101 West Ohio Street/Suite 1900, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, or by calling 1-800-669-4000. The Gary Human Relations Commission Employment Division will assist persons with complaints of discrimination if infraction occurred more than ninety- (90) days ago or outside the city limits of Gary, and forward completed complaints to EEOC's office for further processing.

How to File - Complaint forms must be completed, listing your name, address and telephone number. Also the name of the company and/or the labor organization committing the alleged act of discrimination must be listed, including their telephone number and address. Also include a brief statement of what happened. If your complaint is being filed through the Gary Human Relations Commission Office it must be notarized. If you are filing a complaint to be processed by EEOC the above listed information must also be given, however, it is not necessary for the complaint to be notarized.

Procedure for the Processing of Your Complaint

Upon receipt of your complaint an investigation know as an Equal Opportunity Specialist is assigned to do the investigation of your allegations.

You will be kept informed of the progress of this investigation and also informed prior to the making of a recommendation as to whether there is sufficient evidence based on factual information gathered during the course of the investigation.

The completed investigation will be submitted to a Case Review Committee for determination.

If you disagree with the findings of the Case Review Committee, you have the right to appeal.

In some instance, complaints are settled through negotiated settlement agreement in which both parties agree to specific terms.

You will receive progress information until such time as your case has been closed.


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