Monday 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. until 12:00p.m.
** In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, our office will close on Wednesday, November 26th at 12:30pm for the remainder of the week. We will re-open on Monday, December 1st, 2014 at 7:30am.**
Special Holiday hours will be posted accordingly.
2310 Parnell Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN 46818
(Located on the corner of State Blvd. and Parnell Ave.)
In Fort Wayne you have the right to live, work, learn and play free from illegal discrimination. The Metropolitan Human Relations Commission is focused and committed to creating an environment in the City of Fort Wayne that will produce an inclusive community where trust, acceptance, fairness and equality are the City’s norms. The Commission is committed to accomplishing this mission by empowering the citizens of Fort Wayne through education on diversity and discrimination issues and, when necessary, enforcing anti-discrimination laws in order to protect our community from unlawful discrimination and also unfounded allegations of discrimination.
Metropolitan Human Relations Commission's primary goal is to educate, empower, and enforce anti-discrimination laws. The City of Fort Wayne has an on-going commitment to all its residents in ensuring equal access to equal opportunity in the areas of employment, housing, education, and places of public accommodation.
As diverse as Fort Wayne is, it is crucial that its residents be afforded every opportunity to access all services without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, ancestry, place of birth, familial status, and sexual orientation. American philosopher Irvin Kristol once said “Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions – it only guarantees equality of opportunity.” To that end, Fort Wayne City Council pronounced:
In 1952, the Mayor's Commission is established to study and address discrimination issues within our city. Alvin Wesley was named the Executive Secretary in 1965 and by 1967, the Ordinance was amended to create the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission. An amendment to the Ordinance is passed in 1978, prohibiting discrimination based on 'handicapped' as well as because of a person's race, sex, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, and familial status. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development granted the Commission substantial equivalency in 1993, meaning that the local ordinance mirrored federal housing laws. The Ordinance was amended in 2001 and in 2003 to include protection for sexual orientation and age discrimination, respectively.
Discrimination in general is treating one item or person or idea, different from another, based on some criteria. Not all differences in treatment of a person in employment, housing, education, or public accommodation areas are unlawful.
Employers, for instance, can use seniority systems to determine differences in wages. Another example would be that an employer can set stricter performance standards for employees who are in their probationary period. Also, in many instances, religious organizations can discriminate in employment in favor of persons who share the mission and theology of the organization against persons who do not share similar beliefs.
A complaint must be filed with the Commission either by personal delivery or by mail. Commission staff shall provide necessary assistance in drafting and filing a complaint, including providing reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities who make such requests. Even absent such requests, the Commission strives, to the greatest extent feasible, to make its process accessible to persons with disabilities in conformance with all known disabiltiies rights laws.
The Commission or its staff does not usually initiate complaints except as provided for by City Ordinance and Commission Rules and Regulations. All complaints must be timely filed and must meet minimum legal standards before they are accepted by Metro.
You think you may have a discrimination claim, but you've just noticed that you live or work just outside of the Fort Wayne city limits while our enforcement jurisdiction is within the City of Fort Wayne? Does that mean that Fort Wayne Metro cannot help you? No, you can still come to Metro, we will talk with you about your potential claim, assist you with filing a Charge if appropriate, and then forward that charge on to the appropriate agency to investigate. We are here to help! Call us at 260-427-1146 or come in and talk with an Investigator.
This video also available in Burmese free of charge by calling 260-427-1146
The Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission has created a video regarding the Fair Housing Act. This video was recorded on July 23, 2012 and is a production of Access Fort Wayne, a department of the Allen County Public Library, in cooperation with the City of Fort Wayne. You may click the picture above and learn more about the Fair Housing Act and what your rights and responsibilities are.