How to File a Self-Drafted Complaint

​​​The following guidance will assist you in drafting and filing a complaint of discrimination with the Human Rights Bureau. If you have additional questions, contact HRB at (800) 542-0807.
 
Filing Deadline: A complaint must be filed within 180 days after the alleged act of discrimination occurred or was discovered. 
 
Form of Complaints: A complaint must contain, at a minimum, the following information:
 
  1. Full name, address and telephone number, if any, of the person making the complaint.
  2. Full name, address and telephone number, if any, of the person against whom the complaint is made.
  3. Tell us the protected class you believe to be the bases of the alleged discrimination: age, race, color, sex, national origin, religion, creed, disability, marital status, familial status (housing claims only), political belief (government claims only) and retaliation.
  4. Include a clear and concise statement of the facts, including pertinent dates, constituting the alleged unlawful discriminatory practice.
  5. The verified signature of the person making the complaint. Here is an example of a “verified signature” line:
I swear or affirm that I have read the above charge and I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.
 
Signature: _______EXAMPLE ONLY – DO NOT SIGN____________________      Date: ______________________________
 
Where to file: Complaints may be filed by mail, personal delivery or fax. 
 

​Mail:

Human Rights Bureau
P.O. Box 1728
Helena, MT 59624​

Fax:

(406) 443-3234