important updates

As of June 1, 2021, the NERC offices are open to the public. 

 

Employers are encouraged to email NERC outreach at nerc-outreach@detr.nv.gov for office transition guidance. 

Filing a Complaint

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?

  • A complaint of employment, housing, or public accommodation discrimination may be filed by mail, online or in person at the nearest Commission office. You will be asked to complete an intake inquiry form. Your complaint will be assessed, and if it meets the legal requirements, a formal charge will be drafted for your review and signature.
  • You must file your employment or public accommodation complaint within 300 days of the date of the alleged violation. Housing complaints must be filed within one year of the alleged violation.
  • Individuals who need an accommodation in order to file a complaint (e.g., sign language interpreter, print materials in an accessible format) should inform the nearest Commission office so appropriate arrangements can be made.

What Information Must Be Provided to File a Complaint?

  • Your name, address, and telephone number.
  • The name, address, and telephone number of the respondent employer, employment agency, or union that is alleged to have discriminated, and number of employees (or union members), if known.
  • A short description of the alleged violation (the event that caused the complaining party to believe that his or her rights were violated).
  • The date(s) of the alleged violation(s).
  • Your date of birth if you are filing on the basis of age; your race or national origin if you are filing on the basis of race or national origin.
  • To file a complaint of discrimination with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), instead of the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, call 1-800-669-4000. Federal employees or applicants for federal employment must contact EEOC at 202-663-4599.
  • You do not need an attorney to file a complaint.  
  • Filing is FREE.

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.

The laws prohibiting employment discrimination are:

Housing Discrimination

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.

Submit a Housing Discrimination  Complaint Form. 

Download a Housing Discrimination Complaint Form: PDF

Public Accommodations

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: 

  • hotels, restaurants, bars, gas stations, casinos, theatres
  • retail stores, banks, barber/beauty shops, hospitals/clinics
  • offices of accountants, lawyers, doctors, insurance agents
  • airports, bus or train depots
  • bowling alleys, amusement parks, zoos, stadiums, convention centers
  • parks, health clubs/spas, educational institutions, social service providers
  • any nursery, private school, university or any other place of education

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)

Fact Sheet on discrimination in public accommodations.

Submit a public accommodations complaint form.

Download a public accommodations complaint form: PDF

Training and Outreach

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

Criminal Background Checks


Criminal Background Check

 

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.

Downloadable forms: 

  1. Sample of Conditional Offer Letter
  2. Sample of Employer Notice of Preliminary Decision
  3. Sample of Employer Notice of Final Decision to Revoke Job Offer