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NERC has jurisdiction to investigate complaints of discrimination in employment, including but not limited to, failure to hire, promotion, discharge, harassment, sexual harassment, disparate treatment, and retaliation.
NERC has jurisdiction to investigate complaints of discrimination in housing, including but not limited to: renting, inheriting or leasing real property, sales, mortgage lending, advertising, and restrictive covenants.
NERC has jurisdiction to investigate complaints of discrimination in public spaces, including but not limited to: hotels, casinos, schools, private schools, universities or other places of education, restaurants, bars or facilities where food or spirits are sold, places of recreation and transportation terminals.
• If you are unable to submit your online complaint form, please call the office at (702) 486-7161 or (775) 823-6690.
• If you want to bypass investigation and invoke your RIGHT TO SUE, click here. (EMPLOYMENT allegation-only)
Who Can File a Complaint of Discrimination?
Any individual who believes their rights have been violated based on a protected class may file a complaint of discrimination with the Equal Rights Commission.
How Is a Complaint of Discrimination Filed?
What Information Must Be Provided to File a Complaint?
Complaint Forms: Remember to print out your completed form for your records or in case you need to fax or email it in. Also, if you have filed an online complaint form and have not heard from us within two weeks of submitting your complaint, please call our office.
Nevada law prohibits discrimination in housing because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin, or familial status. Discrimination may involve the availability of housing, lease terms, security deposits, privileges of residency, purchase terms, interest rates or insurance rates. Landlords must also make reasonable accommodations for tenants with disabilities and must allow disabled tenants to make reasonable alterations to the unit at the tenant’s expense.
Remedies for housing discrimination under state law are different than federal remedies. Contact the Nevada Equal Rights Commission to file a complaint or for more information.
No tolling for housing discrimination claims - There is no provision for tolling of claims (time while case is pending before the Nevada Equal Rights Commission not counted against statutory time allotted to file for court action) in Nevada Revised Statute (NRS). You may wish to review NRS 118.010-118.120, and/or seek legal advice to consider if you wish to pursue additional actions while your case is pending before the Nevada Equal Rights Commission.
The Federal Fair Housing Act also prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and familial status. Contact the US Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD) at 1-800-347-3739 or at http://apps.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm for additional information about the protections under federal law.
Download a Housing Discrimination Complaint Form: PDF
All persons are entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of places of public accommodation without discrimination or segregation because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.
Places of "public accommodation" include any establishment or place to which the public is invited or which is intended for public use, such as:
Places of public accommodation DO NOT include any private club or other establishment not open to the public.
Businesses may offer discounts or special prices to senior citizens, children, or students, and may impose age limits up to age 21. Businesses may offer differential pricing, discounted pricing, or special offers based upon sex if used to promote or market the place of public accommodation.
For information on bullying in schools, you may contact the Nevada Department of Education: Safe Voice Nevada (safevoicenv.org)
The best way to combat discrimination is to prevent it from happening in the first place. The Equal Rights Commission's trained representatives are available to provide on-site training and to speak at seminars and community meetings about discrimination laws and preventing discrimination.
The Equal Rights Commission also provides posters and brochures to employers to display in the workplace to help employees understand discrimination laws. For more information about securing a speaker or obtaining materials, call one of the Equal Rights Commission offices. The Commission provides these services at no cost.
Contact us for more information NERC-Outreach@detr.nv.gov
Nevada law requires public employers to provide applicants written notice of final decisions to revoke job offers based on criminal history. Please note, there should be no question(s) on the initial application [or interview] whether an applicant has a criminal background.
NERC has created (3) three sample templates to assist public employers in complying with this obligation. Please note: the law does not require the use of these sample templates, rather they may be useful tools for ALL employers (public and/or private). Please see the letter templates and the ban the box guidance below for more information.
If your organization would like additional information about the Commission’s no-cost training or have any questions, please contact NERC’s Outreach Office at (702) 486-7161, or via email at NERC-Outreach@dter.nv.gov.
If you should have any questions regarding this topic, contact the Nevada Equal Rights Commission.