If a person or business has discriminated against you because of your race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, the Hillsborough County Human Rights Ordinance protects you and you can file a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Administrator's Office (EOA).
There are no fees associated with filing a complaint.
For the following complaint types*, you must file within 180 days of the incident. You can file those claims from this page using the link to the Intake Questionnaire and Rights and Responsibility form found in the How To section OR by clicking the File a Complaint button at the top or bottom of the page.
- County Contracting and Procurement Activities
- Procurement Activities under the control of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners
- Credit Extension Practices
- All aspects of a credit transaction
- All employment practices are covered
- Employers with five or more employees working thirty (30) or more hours per week are covered by the ordinance
- Existing Federal laws cover state and Federal employees, and these employees may file complaints through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR)
- Employees of the State of Florida should contact the EEOC
- Public Accommodations
- No person may be refused admittance, service or provided different conditions of service in any facility that is open to the public and licensed by the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, Department of Business Regulation or Hillsborough County
- Exemptions include membership clubs or other establishments not open to the public
- *Real Estate Transactions and Practices
- You must file complaints concerning real estate transactions and practices within one year of the incident
- You can file those claims from this page using the same method as above
- Housing complaints are covered by the federal Fair Housing Act
- To file a Fair Housing complaint, visit our housing complaints page
- You must file the complaint within one year of the incident
Discrimination Inside Tampa City Limits
- If the discriminatory incident happened with the city limits of Tampa, call their Office of Human Rights and Community Services at (813) 274-5835