Human Rights Bureau
Welcome to the Human Rights Bureau Home Page
What Does the Montana Human Rights Bureau Do?
If you believe that you have been discriminated against, it is important to remember that under state discrimination laws you only have 180 days to file a complaint. This means you only have 180 days from when an adverse act happens to have a written complaint filed with our office. Time may be extended if the person participated in a grievance procedure. (MCA 49-2-501)
It is important to understand that we serve Montana as a neutral entity; we do not provide any type of advocacy service on behalf of the employee or the employer.
The information provided on this web page may constitute legal information. Legal information is not the same as legal advice (the application of the law to an individual’s specific circumstances). We will do our best to provide you with neutral information that is accurate and useful, but we recommend you consult a lawyer if you want professional assurance that our information, and your interpretation of it, is appropriate to your particular situation.
Montana's Discrimination Laws
These laws make it unlawful to discriminate in:
- Public Accommodations
- State and Local Governmental Services and Employment
- Insurance (sex and marital status only)
- Marital Status
- National Origin
- Physical or Mental Disability
- Sex (including pregnancy, maternity and sexual harassment)
- Familial Status (housing only)
- Political Beliefs or Ideas (governmental services and employment only)
- Retaliation for opposing unlawful discrimination or for participating in a human rights proceeding.
Issues that are NOT Within the Authority of the Bureau
- Veterans preference
- Smokers rights or Clean Indoor Air Act (except when directly related to a request for accommodation for a disability)
- Matters related to arrest, criminal convictions, or sentencing
- Matters related to divorce proceedings, child custody and child support
- Matters related to court rulings
- General unfair treatment not based upon one of the protected classes listed above
- Alleged misconduct committed by a federal government or by tribal governments
Phone: (406) 444-4356
Phone: (406) 444-4356
1625 11th Avenue
Helena, MT 59601