The Escambia-Pensacola Human Relations Commission, under the guidelines of its goals and agency mandate as established by its Interlocal Agreement will receive and seek to resolve complaints of discrimination and/or unfair treatment in the employment and housing sectors. The Commission acts as a mediator, encouraging a resolution of issues and was created to promote fair treatment and equal opportunity for all Pensacola/Escambia County citizens regardless of race or color, sex (gender), religion, age, national origin or disability. To this end, the EPHRC provides the following services to the citizens of Escambia County and the City of Pensacola.
In The Areas Of Employment
The Commission will:
- Receive, initiate, and seek to resolve complaints of alleged discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title VII - Employment Discrimination which is based on the grounds of Race, Color, Religion, Sex (Gender), National Origin, Age (providing one has the capacity to contract), Disability, Pregnancy and/or unfair employment practice allegations; and make recommendations to the parties to eliminate any such acts. This may include conciliation through hearings or other remedies towards resolution.
- Hold hearings to determine the facts regarding instances of alleged discrimination or intergroup tensions within Escambia County.
- Recommend methods to eliminate discrimination and intergroup tension and use its best efforts to secure compliance with its recommendations.
- Promote equal opportunity and work to eliminate any forms of discrimination as may occur in all phases of employment.
- Furnish technical assistance as requested and cooperate with individuals, state, local and other agencies, both private and public, including agencies of the Federal government and other states to facilitate progress in Human Relations.
The Human Relations provides the following services upon request and at no cost.
- Provide consultation on, Equal Employment Opportunity, Fair Housing and Community Relations to citizens, businesses and educators.
- Literature and publications from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) and other agencies, as available, regarding your protective rights in employment and housing under Federal and State laws. Including a variety of information posters as required by federal, state and local laws.
- Speakers and seminars where serious discussion addresses various points of discrimination law and emphasizes educating the community regarding equal treatment for all.
- Technical assistance for persons desiring to file a discrimination complaint.
- Review of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity plans.
Numbers to Know
Both the Federal and State agencies are directly accessible toll free:
Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR)
1 (800) 342-8170
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
1 (800) 669-4000
The Human Relations Commission has developed the following services in response to specific community needs
- Promote and improve relationships between citizens and law enforcement. Conduct programs and activities that reduce tension and bridge races, ethnic and religious groups together.
- Mediation. Conducted by a Florida Supreme Court Mediator as an alternative to litigation. Thus promoting human relations by assisting in a mutually agreeable resolution.
If you would like to better understand your employment rights call our office at 850.437.0510.
If you feel you have been discriminated against and would like to file a complaint, please click here.