Discrimination

The Montana Human Rights Bureau is charged with enforcing certain state and federal laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination. When a person files a complaint with the Department of Labor and Industry's Human Rights Bureau, the Bureau will informally investigate. The Bureau is committed to providing quality education and training opportunities to employers, employees, housing providers, tenants, and all Montana residents.

Please note the Bureau can only investigate complaints of discrimination in certain protected areas when a person asserts that an adverse action happened because he or she is a member of a protected class.

If you think you have been discriminated against contact us for an intake appointment. It is important to know that a person only has 180 days from when an adverse act happened (or when it was discovered) to have a written complaint filed with the Bureau. This time may be extended, but only in limited circumstances.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Protected Areas:

The Bureau investigates complaints of discrimination filed in the following protected areas:

  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Public Accommodations
  • Credit/ Finance/ Insurance (sex and marital status only)
  • State and local governmental agency (or municipality)

Protected Classes:

  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Physical or Mental Disability
  • Race/ National Origin/
  • Color
  • Religion/Creed
  • Sex (including pregnancy, maternity, sexual harassment)
  • Familial Status (housing only)
  • Political ideas (only in the provisions or governmental services or governmental employment)
  • Retaliation (for engaging in a protected activity)

​Contact Information

Phone
1 (800) 542-0807​

Fax
(406) 444-2798

Mailing Address
Human Rights Bureau
PO Box 1728
Helena MT, 59624-1728

Monday, June 30, 2014

Related Links

 

 

Administrative Ruleshttp://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rightsAdministrative Ruleshttp://www.mtrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=24.8, Administrative Rules
Common Referralshttp://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rights/common-referralsCommon Referrals
Human Rights Commissionhttp://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rightsHuman Rights Commissionhttp://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rights/human-rights-commission/human-rights-commission, Human Rights Commission
Human Rights Decisionshttp://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rightsHuman Rights Decisionshttp://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rights/decisions, Human Rights Decisions
Human Rights Formshttp://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rights/human-rights-formsHuman Rights Forms
Human Rights Statistics in Briefhttp://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rights/human-rights-statistics-and-briefHuman Rights Statistics in Brief
Montana Code Annotatedhttp://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rightsMontana Code Annotatedhttp://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca_toc/49.htm, Montana Code Annotated
Voluntary Resolution Informationhttp://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rightsVoluntary Resolution Informationhttp://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rights/filing-a-complaint/voluntary-resolution, Voluntary Resolution Information

 
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