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Filing a Complaint of Discrimination

In North Dakota, it is illegal to discriminate in employment, housing, public accommodations, government services and credit transactions on the following bases:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • National Origin
  • Sex
  • Age (40 years of age or older)
  • Disability
  • Marital Status
  • Status as a recipient of Public Assistance 
  • Familial Status (having children under the age of 18, being pregnant, or being in the process of securing legal custody of a child under 18) (housing only)
  • Participation in lawful activity off the employer’s premises outside of regular work hours that is not in direct conflict with the business-related interests of the employer (employment only)

Under regulations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the City of Fargo also assures that no person or groups(s) of persons shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability/handicap, and income status be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any and all programs, services, or activities administered by the City.

If you believe you have been discriminated against by the City or any other state or local entity, please contact Willard Yellow Bird, Title VI and ADA Coordinator, at 701-476-4116 or wyellowbird@cityoffargo.com.  You may also fill out a complaint form. For more detailed information, please see the City’s policies and procedures relating to the ADA and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Be sure to keep accurate records to help justify your claim by tracking dates, incidents, witnesses and others that may have experienced similar problems.

You may also choose to file a complaint with the ND Department of Labor’s Division of Human Rights.
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept 406
Bismarck, ND, 58505
1-800-582-8032 (Phone)
1-701-328-2660 (Fax)
labor@state.nd.ud

The ND Department of Labor's Division of Human Rights is responsible for enforcing the North Dakota Human Rights Act and the North Dakota Housing Discrimination Act. This responsibility includes investigating complaints alleging discriminatory practices, educating the public about human rights laws, and studying the nature and extent of discrimination in North Dakota. In-person complaints can be filed with the division in Fargo on the second Wednesday of each month from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Southeast Human Service Center, 2624 9th Ave. SW. Please call 1-800-582-8032 to set up an appointment.