The Westchester County Human Rights Commission receives, investigates, and resolves complaints of discrimination. The Commission is a neutral agency. The Commission’s role is to thoroughly and fairly investigate complaints.

What types of complaints does the Commission handle?

The Westchester County Human Rights Law  and the Westchester County Fair Housing Law prohibit discrimination in Westchester County housing, employment, public accommodations, and credit lending. If a person feels that they were discriminated against because of their actual or perceived group identity, that person may file a complaint with the Commission. For more information on Group Identity, read about the HRC. The law requires that a person file a complaint with the Commission within one year of the alleged unlawful discriminatory act.

How does a person file a complaint with the Commission?

A person seeking to file a complaint with the Commission may contact our office. A staff member will ask you a few intake questions to determine if the Commission can take your complaint. If so, you will be given an appointment to meet with an investigator to discuss your complaint.

What happens after a complaint is filed?

When a complaint is filed, the Commission will:

  • Send a copy of the complaint to all Respondents.
  • Forward a copy of the complaint to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where applicable.
  • Investigate the allegations. Investigation may include written questions, witness interviews, field visits, and requests for documentation.
  • At any time after a complaint is filed, the Commission may assist the parties in reaching a settlement or agreement that is acceptable to the Complainant(s), Respondent(s), and the Commission.
  • Determine whether or not there is probable cause to believe discrimination has occurred.

Complainants and Respondents can retain private counsel to represent them during the investigation, but it is not required. The Commission cannot give any party legal advice at any time during the process.